ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Dr. Arif Alvi has said that Pakistan highly values its relations with Sri Lanka as both Countries have unanimity of opinion on regional and international issues and enjoy excellent relations in all areas of mutual interests.
While talking to the visiting Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Sri Lankan Army General Shavendra Silva at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on Friday, the president underlined the need for further enhancing economic, cultural and defence relations between the two Countries.
The president said that Pakistan was an attractive destination for the Buddhist tourists and people from Sri Lanka needed to be encouraged to visit the religious and scenic sites in Pakistan.
President Arif Alvi briefed the visiting dignitary about the successes achieved by Pakistan against the war on terror. He also highlighted the ongoing atrocities and human rights violations by the Indian Security Forces in the Illegally Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK).
The president urged that the International Community should play a positive role to resolve the Kashmir issue in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.
The Chief of Defence Staff & Commander of the Sri Lankan Army said that Pakistan was a close and dearest friend and his Country wanted to further improve bilateral ties with Pakistan.
General Shavendra Silva said that the recent visit of the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan to Sri Lanka would boost bilateral relations.
The visiting dignitary deeply thanked Pakistan for its support which stood by Sri Lanka in difficult times.