ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan has emphasized that all efforts must be made to increase the bilateral trade relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka through making optimal use of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
Talking to the Sri Lankan Minister of Trade Dr. Bandula Gunawardhana and State Minister for Regional Cooperation Tharaka Balasuriya paid a courtesy call on him in Islamabad on Tuesday, the prime minister reaffirmed the strong fraternal relations that exists between the two countries.
Stressing on the importance of regular high-level exchanges in strengthening bilateral cooperation the prime minister appreciated the initiative of Dr. Bandula Gunawardhana to visit Pakistan along with a business delegation.
Referring to the strong cultural bond between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the prime minister invited the attention of the visiting delegation on the rich Buddhist Heritage of Pakistan, and expressed hope that more Sri Lankans will come to the country for religious tourism.
Dr. Bandula Gunawardhana thanked Prime Minster Imran Khan for extending warm hospitality and goodwill towards Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lankan trade minister expressed keen desire to expand cooperation with Pakistan in diverse areas of trade, ICT, pharmaceuticals, minerals, textiles, education, defence, tourism, human resource development through B2B contacts, joint ventures, investments in high potential sectors and technology transfers etc.
Dr. Bandula Gunawardhana and Tharaka Balasuriya along with a Sri Lankan Business delegation are currently visiting Pakistan from January 20-27, 2022.