Sri Lanka and Pakistan Meet to Boost Bilateral Ties

Imran Khan is on a two-day visit on the invitation of Sri Lanka's PM, Mahinda Rajapaksa. The two are discussing matters to tighten bilateral ties.

673Imran Khan arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Tuesday on his maiden visit. He was received by his Sri Lankan counterpart and presented a guard of honour and was later introduced to members of the Sri Lankan cabinet.

On Wednesday, February 24, Pakistan and Sri Lanka agreed to further strengthen and boost their bilateral relations in widespread sectors, including trade, investment, science and technology, tourism and culture through enhanced connectivity.

While addressing a joint press conference with his Sri Lankan counterpart, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Imran Khan said: “My visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral relationship [with Sri Lanka], especially trade and economic ties through enhanced connectivity.”

Pakistan’s mission in Colombo has invited around 200 top businessmen and investors from Sri Lanka to the joint trade and investment conference being held in the capital on Wednesday by the commerce ministry and the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said he “enjoyed the welcoming hospitality” and “gala dinner” hosted by the premier of Sri Lanka.

“It’s a pleasure to be back in Sri Lanka again,” PM Imran wrote on his Twitter.

The premier said that Pakistan, having various heritage sites was home to ancient civilizations of Gandhara and Buddhism. Therein, he called for enhanced cooperation between the two countries in the tourism sector. He also extended an invitation to his Sri Lankan counterpart to visit Pakistan.

The premiers of Pakistan and Sri Lanka witnessed the signing of five memorandums of understanding (MOUs) for enhanced bilateral cooperation in the fields of investment, science and technology, and industrial technology.

ImageThis visit marks the fourth high-level engagement between Pakistan and Sri Lanka witnessed in the last few months since the Sixth Foreign Secretary Level Bilateral Political Consultations in December 2020. Earlier, PM Rajapaksa received PM Khan on his arrival here at the Bandaranaike International Airport.

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