Nawaz Sharif leaves for Sri Lanka on three-day official visit

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday left for Sri Lanka on a three-day official visit on the invitation of the President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena.

During his stay in Colombo from January 4 to 6, the prime minister will meet the Sri Lankan president who will also host a state banquet in his honour, according to Foreign Office.

The Foreign Office said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka will sign a number of memorandum of understandings (MOUs) and Agreements of cooperation in various fields.

The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Rail Wickremasinghe will also host a lunch in the honour of his Pakistani Counterpart. The Sri Lankan parliamentarians, religious leaders and businessmen will call on the Pakistani premier during the visit.

Sharif will also address a gathering of ministers, parliamentarians, senior officials, top businessmen and members of the diplomatic corps.

“Pakistan and Sri Lanka enjoy friendly and cordial relations. The diplomatic relations between the two countries were established in 1948. Since then, the bilateral relations have grown from strength to strength,” said a press release issued by the Foreign Office on Sunday.

It said that being members of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and Commonwealth, Pakistan and Sri Lanka cooperate closely and coordinate with each other on issues of common interest and regional and international concern.

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