COLOMBO, Sri Lanka: Prime Minister Imran Khan has emphasized the importance of building a Pakistan-Sri Lanka robust economic partnership characterized by enhanced bilateral trade, investments, and commercial cooperation.
In a meeting with the Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Office in Colombo on Wednesday, Imran Khan underlined the exceptional quality of Pakistan-Sri Lanka relations marked by trust, understanding, and mutual support.
The one-on-one meeting was followed by delegation-level talks. The talks were held in a warm and cordial atmosphere.
Had a productive discussion with #Pakistani PM @ImranKhanPTI this morning.
The discussions were mainly focused on common interests such as Trade, Tourism & adoption of technology in Agriculture which both countries could positively leverage on#SriLanka #Pakistan #lka pic.twitter.com/j6iUMRcf4f
— Gotabaya Rajapaksa (@GotabayaR) February 24, 2021
The prime minister also laid emphasis on deeper collaboration in diverse fields —particularly agriculture, tourism, science & technology, sports, education, and culture. The importance of sharing experiences in poverty alleviation was stressed.
Imran Khan underlined that Pakistan and Sri Lanka had always stood by each other. He reaffirmed Pakistan’s steadfast support to Sri Lanka in the future.
The close cooperation between the two sides in the multilateral fora was re-affirmed.
While noting the close traditional and cultural ties between the two Countries, Prime Minister Imran Khan highlighted that Pakistan has the potential of being a choice destination for religious tourism for Sri Lankan people. He particularly highlighted the rich Buddhist heritage of Pakistan.
In the regional context, Prime Minister Imran Khan shared his vision of peace, development, and connectivity.
The prime minister also emphasized the importance of regional cooperation through the platform of SAARC and the opportunities for regional prosperity through the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
The prime minister extended a cordial invitation to the Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to visit Pakistan at the earliest convenience.