Pakistan, Sri Lanka agree to further strengthen economic, trade relations

Pakistan, Sri Lanka agree to further strengthen economic, trade relations

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COLOMBO: Prime Minister Imran Khan held a one-on-one meeting with his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees in Colombo on Tuesday.

During the meeting, the two parties discussed common interests and bilateral relations.

While addressing a joint press conference along with his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa, the prime minister spoke about his first visit to the island when he was a cricketer.

“I had first visited Sri Lanka in early days of my cricketing career… Remember my role for granting Test status to Sri Lankan cricket team” said the prime minister.

PM Imran Khan invited Sri Lanka to promote its regional, economical ties through Pakistan. He underscored that Pakistan and Sri Lanka had shared a common problem terrorism.

“We shared a common problem of terrorism. Pakistan suffered the worst form of terrorism and rendered 70,000 sacrifices in war against terrorism… Sri Lanka also combated terrorism for 30 years and Pakistan played its part to help the country,” he stated.

PM Khan invited his counterpart to visit Pakistan and thanked Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa for his hospitality.

Earlier, Pakistan and Sri Lanka signed several memorandums of understanding in various fields such as business, investment, education, science and technology, and industrial cooperation.

The signing ceremony of the memorandum of understanding was held in Colombo on Tuesday. The two prime ministers attended the meeting. The agreement was signed by representatives of the two countries’ departments.

Prime Minister Imran Khan paid a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka today at the invitation of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Mahinda Rajapaksa accorded a warm welcome to PM Imran Khan upon his arrival at the Colombo International Airport.

This is the first visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan after he took office.

Prime Minister Khan was awarded the honor guard.

He is accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Advisor on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood and Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfiqar Bukhari.

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