President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Wickremasinghe Rajapaksa arrived in Amman, Jordan last afternoon on a two-day state visit.
The President and First Lady were welcomed by the Acting Secretary-General of Jordan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr. Mohammad Taisir and the Director of the Asian Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr. Zuhair Ensouk with the members of the Sri Lankan community living in Jordan.
During the visit, President Rajapaksa will meet with the King of Jordan His Majesty King Abdullah ll Ibn Al Hussein where the two are expected to discuss bilateral and economic relations between the two countries.
Sri Lanka and Jordan already share strong economic relations with Ceylon tea as one of Sri Lanka’s major exports to Jordan. Sri Lanka is the largest supplier of tea to Jordan, and tea contributes about 80 percent of Sri Lanka’s total exports to this Middle East nation. Other products exported to Jordan include coconuts and cashew nuts, among others.
Following this visit, President Rajapaksa will visit Palestine and Israel.
Minister of External Affairs Prof. G. L. Peiris, Monitoring MP of the Ministry of External Affairs Mr. Sajn de Vaas Ginawardene, Parliamentarians Mrs. Kamala Ranatunga, Mr. Roshan Ranasinghe, and Mr. John Amaratunga, Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga and Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Jordan Mr. Gamini Rajapaksa are a part of the delegation accompanying the President.