Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has emphasized the importance of relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, particularly in the fields of trade and economy.       

Talking to Sri Lanka’s Secretary for External Affairs Kshenuka D Senewiratune in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said there is need to address impediments and deepen bilateral economic relations between the two countries.      

The Prime Minister said there is significant potential for trade between Pakistan and Sri Lanka particularly after the Free Trade Agreement 2005 became operational.

Mrs Senewiratune said Pakistan and Sri Lanka have always supported each other on various international fora. She also expressed the resolve that this cooperation in the realms of trade and investment would continue between the two countries in the future as well.

Earlier, Pakistan and Sri Lanka agreed to enhance cooperation in the fields of trade, education, culture and defence.


The understanding came during Foreign Secretary-level talks between the two countries in Islamabad on Wednesday.  

Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry led Pakistan side and Kshenuka Senewiratune led Sri Lankan side in the fourth round of Political Consultations.       

Kshenuka Senewiratne briefed her Pakistani counterpart on the current developments in Sri Lanka including the efforts on rehabilitation, reconciliation and resettlement in the post war conflict areas.    

She appreciated the development assistance by the Government of Pakistan towards Sri Lanka’s reconstruction efforts. 


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