Pakistan, Lanka to sign deal to counter terrorism financing

Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz SharifSri Lanka and Pakistan are to sign an agreement on countering money laundering and terrorism financing, the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said today.

The agreement will be signed during the visit to Sri Lanka by the Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

At the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif, will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka along with a high powered delegation from 4 to 6 January 2016.

The Federal Minister for Commerce Pakistan Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan, Minister for Defense Production Rana Tanveer Hussain, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, National Security Advisor Lt Gen (R) Nasir Khan Janjua and senior Government Officials will be accompanying the Prime Minister.

The Pakistan High Commission said that several bilateral instruments in the areas of Health, Science and Technology, Trade, Statistics, Gem and Jewellery, Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing, and Culture are envisaged to be signed during the visit. Many business MoUs including deep sea fishing, cement, power, education and food will also be signed.

The Sri Lankan President will lead the Official Bilateral discussions with the visiting Prime Minister on 5th January 2016. The delegation for the talks will include Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Cabinet Ministers and Senior Government officials.

Prime Minister Sharif and Begum Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif will be welcomed on their arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The official welcome ceremony presided by President Sirisena will be held on 5th January 2016, at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo. The visiting Prime Minister will be accorded a ceremonial welcome including a Gun Salute and Guard of honour.

Sirisena will host a State Banquet while Wickremesinghe will host a lunch in honour of the visiting Prime Minister.

On the invitation of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS), Prime Minister Sharif will deliver a special lecture at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel.

During his stay in Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Sharif will also visit the historic city of Kandy. He will visit Sri Dalada Maligawa Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic, International Buddhist Museum and Jinnah Hall in Kandy. The Prime Minister will also visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and will plant a “Karanda” tree (Pongamia pinnata) to commemorate his visit to Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)


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