Sri Lanka-Pakistan FTA to expand
The Free Trade Agreement between Sri Lanka and Pakistan will be
further expanded to services and investment in keeping with a bilateral
discussions between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Pakistan Prime
Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, yesterday.
President Rajapaksa, who is on a visit to Libya to participate at the
40th anniversary celebrations of the Al-Fateh Revolution on the
invitation of Libyan leader Colonel Khaddafi , was met by Prime Minister
Gilani on the sidelines of the anniversary celebrations to discuss
bilateral relations and other regional and international matters of
The meeting was held in Tripoli, Libya where Gilani had reportedly
told President Rajapaksa that Pakistan will share information with
regard to what happened to Sri Lanka's cricket team in Lahore once they
complete the investigations into it.
Pakistan's Interior Minister and the investigating official will
visit Sri Lanka in this connection. Prime Minister Gilani discussed the
prospects of enhanced bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Pakistan
to establish trade and investment cooperation between the two countries.
Gilani commended the President for liberating the country from
" Sri Lanka has been exemplary considering how well its Government
under President Rajapaksa's leadership has carried out the
rehabilitation and resettlement of the displaced victims of terrorism,"
he said. The two parties discussed how bilateral trade between the two
countries have made a quantum leap after the Free Trade Agreement which
was signed by the two parties in 2005.
The two sides also discussed cooperation in the field of aviation,
with Sri Lanka seeking restoration of PIA flight operations to Colombo
and increased landing rights.
President Rajapaksa also accepted an invitation by Prime Minister
Gilani for an official visit to Pakistan.