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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 105

Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne – Sarvodaya Leader in Palestine

By Nihad issa - Ramallah
Ramallah, 18 June, (

Dr. A. Ariyaratne, highly respected Sarvodaya Leader from Sri Lanka spent two days in Palestine meeting its leaders and discussing ways and means of getting the peoples of two countries together to discuss peace.

Before arriving in Palestine he had a number of discussions with groups interested in peace and Buddhist meditation in Israel.

While in Palestine he met a number of prominent members of the Palestinian society. Among them were Dr. Nabil Shaath, Dr. Mustafa Barghuti, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Dr. Mohammed Shtayyeh, Dr. Husam Zomlot, and Eng. Mahmoud Abdullah, Head of the Palestine – Sri Lanka Friendship Society.

Also participating at a dinner held in honor of Dr. Ariyaratne were Mr. B. S. Mubarak, Ambassador of India, Mr. Gallager Fenwick of the France 24 TV.

At the special briefing held at the Foreign Relations Commission Office in Ramallah, its Commissioner General Dr. Nabil Shaath and its Deputy, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah explained in detail about the problems faced by the Palestinians in West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.

They also explained about the endless negotiations with Israel and the obstacles they face.

Dr. Ariyaratne spoke about the Sarvodaya Movement and its role with regard to peace building; rehabilitation and development in Sri Lanka’s Tamil and Muslim areas. He also stated that he will preach the message of peace to citizens of Israel.

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Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne – Sarvodaya Leader in Palestine
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