Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

MR visits historic sites in Jerusalem


President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Wickremasi­nghe Rajapaksa who are on a tour to Israel, visited religious sites in the Old City of Jerusalem yesterday. The historic Old City is home to a number of sites sacred for the Christian, Islamic and Jewish faiths.

Islamic religious leaders welcomed President Rajapaksa to the Dome of the Rock, which is one of the most sacred sites in the world’s Islamic community and is believed to be the site where Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven,

The President also visited the Western Wall, the Kotel, (commonly known as the Wailing Wall). One of the most sacred sites for the Jewish faith, the Western Wall is the last remains of the Temple Mount.

The visit to the Old City took place following bilateral discussion­s with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier in the day. The President is on a two-day visit to Israel following visits to Jordan and Palestine. External Affairs Minister G. L. Peiris, External Affairs Ministry Monitoring MP Sajin de Vass Gunawarden­a Parliament­arian Roshan Ranasinghe, President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga and several other officials joined the President during the tour to the Old City.

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