On Tuesday (26.04.2011), the Sri Lankan ambassador in the Palestinian territories, Jaya Singh, met with the head of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Dr Aziz Duweik, along with a number of other Islamic deputies in Ramallah. The two sides discussed a range of issues relating to the Palestinian people and their cause and the relationship between the Palestinians and Sri Lankan people.
Duweik and Singh discussed the issue of internal Palestinian division and the means to achieving national unity. The ambassador asserted his country's willingness to assist in the matter and confirmed its concern that the Palestinian division should not continue.
Duweik welcomed these sentiments as well as all steps that drive toward ending the division confirming his and the other deputies' belief that "unity is power and division is weakness", and that they are continuously striving toward internal Palestinian national unity.
Referring to the war crimes perpetrated by both sides of the conflict during the Sri Lankan civil war, Singh, he called for a position condemning the reports equivalence between the government and rebel forces by biased international parties. On his part, Duweik promised to look into the position and issue a statement in this regard.
MEMO Photographer: Ibtehal Mansour