Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 11:27:17 am
FM discusses bilateral relations with Sri Lankan leadership
December 02, 2019

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and  newly elected President of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa at a meeting in Colombo on Monday have discussed bilateral relations, regional situation and matters of mutual interest.

On behalf of Pakistani leadership and nation, the foreign minister felicitated Gotabaya Rajapaksa on his election as the seventh President of Sri Lanka. 

Shah Mahmood Qureshi also handed over a letter of President  Arif Alvi to the Sri Lankan President inviting him to visit Pakistan.

The Foreign Minister on the occasion expressed the confidence that under the leadership of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Pakistan-Sri Lanka relations will gain further strength. 

He also appreciated the Srilankan people for valiantly fighting the scourge of terrorism.

The Foreign Minister pointed out that Pakistan has always stood by Sri Lanka in difficult times.

 Shah Mahmood Qureshi said there is huge scope of promoting trade and investment relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lankan President thanked the Pakistani leadership for extending him felicitation on his election and inviting him to visit Pakistan.

During his meeting with newly elected Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa,Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan's political leadership under the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan is determined to further develop bilateral relations with Sri Lanka.

During the meeting, bilateral relations, economic cooperation, issues of mutual interest including the overall situation of the region were discussed.

During the meeting, Foreign Minister presented a special letter of Prime Minister to Mahinda Rajapaksa.

In his special letter Imran Khan invited his Sri Lankan counterpart to visit Pakistan.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said we intend to promote bilateral cooperation with Sri Lanka in multi dimensional fields.

He said with the arrival of the Sri Lankan cricket team to Pakistan in September this year, international cricket has resumed in our country.

He said we look forward to the arrival of Sri Lankan cricket team to Pakistan for the upcoming Test series too.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi apprised the Sri Lankan Prime Minister about Pakistan's latest initiative of economic diplomacy.

Welcoming Shah Mahmood Qureshi for visiting Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan for inviting him to Pakistan.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also held a meeting with his Sri Lankan Counterpart Dinesh Gunawardena in Colombo and discussed bilateral relations and matters of mutual interests.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi, on the occasion,  said both countries enjoy deep relations.

He said Pakistan wants to further enhance these relations in future.

He said both countries have supported each other on regional and international matters.

The Foreign Minister also highlighted the  dire situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir and said  Indian is continuously committing human rights violations in occupied Kashmir for over seven decades.

He invited his Sri Lankan counterpart to visit Pakistan with a delegation of Sri Lankan Business Community to boost up current volume of bilateral trade and investment between the two countries.

Both leaders agreed to continue consultation for regional peace and stability.

Later, talking to media persons, the Foreign Minister said the two sides exchanged views on strengthening the existing relations between the two countries.

(NNR/Ijaz/Imran)