Pakistan Foreign Minister arrives in Sri Lanka

Pakistan Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrived in Sri Lanka today on an official visit.

While in Sri Lanka, the Foreign Minister will call on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and felicitate the new leadership.

The Foreign Minister will have separate meeting with his newly-appointed Sri Lankan counterpart, Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

The two sides will exchange views on the entire gamut of bilateral relations and matters pertaining to regional and international issues.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka enjoy close, cordial ties based on mutual trust and understanding. The bilateral relationship is broad-based and multifaceted, covering diverse fields including political, trade, commercial, defence, people-to-people contacts and cultural exchanges. High-level visits are a regular feature of Pakistan-Sri Lanka relations.


  1. A wonderfull move to balance the involvement of India in the affairs of Sri Lanka.
    Though the Indian move to invite HE. Gotabaya Rajapaksa to Delhi and the offer of USD. 400 million credit facilities loan and USD. 50 million for enhancing anti-terror inteligence in Sri Lanka should be commended in terms of bilateral relations, In terms of International Relations, was India trying to influence Sri Lanka their way in matters concerning the geo-politics of the Pacific ring and the South East Asia region of the Indian Ocean. Or was India trying to enhance the trading capacity of Indian exports to Sri Lanka, especially that of consumer goods and cereals. Pakistan exported “Rice and textile” to Sri Lanka in a big way. The Pakistan-Sri Lanka Business Forum Chairman Aslam Pakhali has stated to the media that the export of “Rice and Textile” have stopped and Potato exports has also reduced drastically. So is India trying to fill this gap for India’s benefit? Can the socio-ecomonic political climate in Sri Lanka that has been created in the aftermath of the April 21st., bombing be blamed for this, or the failure of the Muslim political party leaders, ministers and the 21 Muslim parliamentarians to maintain good liaison with the political and religious hierarchy of the country be a cause, because Muslim politicians were accused of having knowlwdge of the bombings (adied and abetted).
    Pakistan has to make sure what it wants to do with Sri Lanka Pakistan relations which has been at a very high and cordial level always. Pakistan should not “invest politically” in Sri Lankan Muslim politicians for lobbying power with the new government of HE. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, PM Mahinda Rajapaka and the National Organizer of the SLPP, Basil Rajapaksa. Pakistan should speak directly and franking to the Rajapaksas.
    The Sinhalese and the nationalist who love their “Maathrooboomiya” will never forget the helping hand Pakistan gave to Sri Lanka to defeat the world’s most ruthless terrorist outfit – the LTTE, when other neighbours were contemplating whether to do so or not. The Sinhalese nation is a nation of gratitude. Pakistani Minister of Foreign Affairs Mahmood Qureshi who has arrived Sri Lanka on an official visit should iorn out the misconcepts created about Pakistan by foreign powers and lay a concrete foundation to play its role to support the new governments plans to revive the socio-economic situation, reconcialiation efforts and bilaterial relations and help Sri Lanka maintain it’s policy of neutrality in the region. This way, Sri Lanka will also listen to Pakitan.  
    Noor Nizam – Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, SLFP/SLPP Stalwart and Convener – “The Muslim Voice”.

  2. Let’s not forget for the sake of political expediency, that it was Pakistan who proved to be a loyal ally in our time of need.


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