ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit Colombo next week on an invitation extended by his Sri Lankan Counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Foreign Office confirmed on Thursday.
“The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa had extended an invitation to Prime Minister Imran Khan to visit Sri Lanka, which was accepted by the later,” the Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said in his weekly media briefing in Islamabad.
“The visit is likely to take place later this month,” he said.
The Foreign Office Spokesperson said that Prime Minister Imran Khan will be the first Head of Government to visit Sri Lanka after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa assumed office last year, which is reflective of the importance both Countries attach to this important relationship.
The Spokesperson said that the two sides are currently working on the elements of the programme of the prime minister’s visit, keeping in view the COVID-19 related health safety protocols.
Further details of the prime minister’s visit will be shared in due course, he said.
“Pakistan and Sri Lanka enjoy close cooperative relations, which are deep-rooted in history. High-level exchanges from both sides are a hallmark of this friendly relationship,” Chaudhri also said.