President holds talks with Pakistani, Afghan leaders
COLOMBO: President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday participated in
the opening ceremony and sessions of the World Economic Forum near the
Dead Sea in Jordan.
The President met Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz in Amman
yesterday, where the two leaders discussed bilateral and trade links.
Investment opportunities in both countries were also discussed. Foreign
Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, Petroleum Minister A.H.M. Fowzie also
President Rajapaksa also held talks with Afghan President Hameed
Holding discussions with top Jordanian Government officials to
consolidate existing bilateral relations between the two countries and
attending to matters of interest of the considerable Sri Lankan
expatriate worker community are high on the Presidentís agenda on this
He is also due to lead the Lankan delegation to the Summit of the
G-11 Group comprising low and medium income level countries, such as
Jordan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Morocco, Tunisia, Georgia,
Croatia, Honduras, Paraguay and Ecuador which was formed at the United
Nations General Assembly sessions last year. Its current General
Secretary is from Jordan.
The Group promotes mutual cooperation and knowledge among the member
countries and has already achieved success by formulating its economic
It envisages to further develop the G-11 economies and ease their
debt burdens and gain access to the markets of the developed world, by
obtaining foreign aid instead of loans from highly industrialised
They also expect to enhance education and the general heath services
of the member countries. President Rajapaksa who arrived in Jordan on
Thursday night received a grand welcome with full state honours,
Presidentís Media sources said.