Khan assures Gotabaya of Pakistan’s support for Sri Lanka

Pakistani ​Prime Minister Imran Khan has, during discussions with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today (24), assured him of Pakistan’s support for Sri Lanka.

During the meeting, the visiting Prime Minister had extended a cordial invitation to President Rajapaksa to visit Pakistan at the earliest convenience.

The Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said the one-on-one meeting between the two leaders was followed by delegation-level talks. The talks were held in a warm and cordial atmosphere.

Prime Minister Khan underlined the exceptional quality of Pakistan-Sri Lanka relations marked by trust, understanding, and mutual support. The Prime Minister emphasised the importance of building robust economic partnership characterised by enhanced bilateral trade, investments, and commercial co-operation.

The Prime Minister also placed emphasis on deeper collaboration in diverse fields — particularly agriculture, tourism, science and technology, sports, education, and culture. The importance of sharing experiences in poverty alleviation was stressed.

The Pakistan High Commission in Colombo further said the Prime Minister stated that Pakistan and Sri Lanka had always stood by each other.

Khan had re-affirmed Pakistan’s steadfast support to Sri Lanka in the future. The close co-operation between the two sides in the multilateral fora was also re-affirmed.

While noting the close traditional and cultural ties between the two countries, Prime Minister Khan highlighted that Pakistan has the potential of being a choice destination for religious tourism for Sri Lankan people. He particularly highlighted the rich Buddhist heritage of Pakistan.

In the regional context, Prime Minister Khan shared his vision of peace, development, and connectivity.

He further emphasised the importance of regional co-operation through the platform of the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) and the opportunities for regional prosperity through the CPEC, the flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). (Colombo Gazette)

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