PM Imran leaves for Sri Lanka on two-day official visit

By Muhammad JuniadPublished On 23 Feb 2021

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan, on the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa, has left on a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka today (Tuesday).

The prime minister, during his first visit to Sri Lanka after assuming office, is being accompanied by a high-level delegation, including his cabinet members and senior officials.

According to a Foreign Office (FO) statement, Imran Khan will hold meetings with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa during his visit.

He will also lead the delegation-level talks, covering all areas of cooperation between the two countries, including trade and investment, health and education, agriculture and science and technology, defense and security, and culture and tourism.

Besides bilateral matters, views will be exchanged on key regional and international issues, the FO said.

During the visit, the reconstitution of the Sri Lanka-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Association will also be announced to further promote parliamentary exchanges between the two countries.

The prime minister will also participate in a joint ‘Trade and Investment Conference’ aimed at promoting trade and investment between the two countries. A number of memorandums of understanding to enhance bilateral cooperation will be signed during the visit.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka have maintained close, cordial, and mutually supportive relations since 1948. The two countries share the commonality of views on a wide range of international and regional issues.

Both sides also work closely at the international and regional fora, including the United Nations and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

The prime minister’s visit would help further strengthen the Pakistan-Sri Lanka relationship and enhance mutual cooperation in diverse fields, the FO concluded.