Palestinian Ambassador Congratulates Sri Lanka on “Peaceful Democratic Process” – August 26, 2020
Posted on August 26th, 2020

Prime Minister’s Media Office

The Palestinian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Dr. Zuhair M.H. Dar Zaid paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning at Temple Trees.

Speaking about the recently-concluded General Election, Ambassador Zaid said, All Palestinians are very happy about the peaceful, democratic process that happened in Sri Lanka.”

The Ambassador also conveyed congratulatory wishes from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and thanked Prime Minister Rajapaksa for this continued support to Palestine.

We will never forget your strong support to Palestine,” Ambassador Zaid said recalling then President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to Palestine in 2014. During that visit, the Government of Palestine conferred then President Rajapaksa with the Star of Palestine” – the highest award of the State of Palestine – for continued support and commitment to the Palestinian cause.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa is a long-time supporter of the Palestinian cause and is the Founder President of the Sri Lanka Committee for Solidarity with Palestine. Also in 2014, under President Rajapaksa, the Sri Lankan Government made a US$1 million donation to Palestine.

Speaking about the COVID-19 pandemic Ambassador Zaid said, We feel safe here in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is doing very well. Congratulations on your success [in handling the pandemic].”

The delegations also spoke about possible areas on which Sri Lanka and Palestine could enhance collaboration, including trade and bringing in investments.

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