Sri Lanka & Pakistan Leaders Pledge to Strengthen Bilateral Relations
Leaders of Sri Lanka and Pakistan pledged to move forward further strengthening the existing economic and commercial ties between the two countries.
Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain said that his Government will take steps to enhance the bilateral relationship between the two nations to greater heights.
“The Government of Sri Lanka is handling the country’s economy with a new vision and strategy” President Maithripala Sirisena said during his meeting with the Pakistani counterpart. The President thanked Pakistan for the assistance given through bilateral agreements.
During the meeting, discussions were held to continue cooperation in conducting training and to improve exchange programmes between the two countries by introducing new methods.
Attention was drawn to further strengthen the training sector scholarship exchange programmes. The two leaders also paid their attention to implement a programme relating to research and technology for the benefit of new generation.
The discussions also focussed on initiating of cultural exchange programs between the two countries. President Maithripala pointed out it will be an important measure as there is a similarity between the cultures of Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
President Maithripala also drew attention to build up friendship between the two countries through sports, especially cricket. The Pakistani President said Pakistan is still sad about the difficulty faced by Sri Lankan Cricket Team in Lahore due to an attack by terrorists, and added he would never allow such an incident to happen in the future.
President Maithripala Sirisena expressed his gratitude for the support extended by the Government of Pakistan in defeating terrorism and establishing peace in Sri Lanka.
After the discussion, President Maithripala attended a banquet hosted by Pakistani President in his honour.