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Pakistan wants to further improve its bilateral cooperation with Sri Lanka: President

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Dr. Arif Alvi has said that Pakistan considers Sri Lanka as a special partner and friend, and wants to further improve its bilateral cooperation for the mutual benefits of the two friendly Countries.

Talking to a delegation of Sri Lankan Buddhist monks at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on Wednesday, the president said that Pakistan highly values its ties with Sri Lanka as both Countries enjoy excellent relations in various fields which are based on mutual respect and trust.

Welcoming the delegation, the president said that Pakistan is home to the Gandhara Buddhist heritage and proud custodian of some of the most sacred relics of Buddha offering great potential for promoting religious tourism from Sri Lanka to Pakistan.

The president told the delegation to encourage the monks and people of Sri Lanka to visit the Buddhist religious sites in Pakistan as it has a far greater number of Buddhist artifacts than any other Country in the world.

President Arif Alvi added that people-to-people contacts and religious tourism provided excellent platforms to further expand bilateral cooperation.

The president expressed the hope that the Sri Lankan delegation would enlighten their followers about Pakistan’s Buddhist heritage and also encourage them to undertake religious tours to Pakistan.

The delegation deeply thanked the government of Pakistan for making excellent arrangements to facilitate its visit to Buddhist sites. It also appreciated the measures taken by Pakistan for the renovation and preservation of Buddhist heritage sites.

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