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Palestine eyes bilateral cooperation with SL in development projects

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Palestine Dr. Riad Al-Malki has appreciated Palestine’s longstanding  ties with Sri Lanka and stated that Palestine is keen to expand the scope of bilateral cooperation in various aspects, especially with the development projects of the Palestinian International Cooperation Agency (PICA) and reactivating the Sri Lankan project “the Mahinda Rajapaksa Vocational Training Centre in Beitunia”.

These views were expressed when the Representative of Sri Lanka to the State of Palestine Nawalage Bennet Cooray presented Letters of Credence to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Palestine recently.

Representative Cooray conveying greetings and best wishes from Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena to Minister Al-Malki, expressed the commitment of Sri Lanka to further advance and strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries.

He also pointed out that due to the prevailing global pandemic, it would take a while to process the starting of the Mahinda Rajapaksa Vocational Training Centre.

Minister Al-Malki expressed his gratitude for the support extended and the stance of the Sri Lankan Government on the Palestinian cause and Palestinian people in all international fora.

Representative Cooray stressed the solidarity that Sri Lanka shares with Palestine and its people and their right to establish an independent state. He expressed his willingness to strengthen the special relations nurtured between Sri Lanka and Palestine covering a multitude of areas.