Pakistan, Sri Lanka ties historic - Prime Minister Raja Pervez
High Commissioner of Sri Lanka Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Jayalath
Weerakkody, called on Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf at PM's House
yesterday and thanked the government of Pakistan for its support on a
resolution on Human Rights in UN.
He also deeply acknowledged the support extended by Pakistan in Sri
Lanka's fight against militancy.
The Prime Minister said that Sri Lanka was a true friend and the
personal efforts of the High Commissioner had further cemented the
bilateral relations between the two countries.
The Prime Minister assured the High Commissioner of Pakistan's
continuous support to Sri Lanka in its development pursuits. He termed
the relations between the two countries as 'historic' which had been
strengthening during the diplomatic history of the two countries.
The High Commissioner said that Sri Lanka was looking forward to the
upcoming visit of Pakistan's Foreign Minister, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, in
the first week of August, this year.
The Prime Minister hoped that with the visit of Pakistan's Foreign
Minister, the bilateral relations would get a new boost.
The Prime Minister noted that the trade volume between the two
countries which was approximately US$ 400 Million, needed to be
enhanced. Both countries have the potential for more trade, the Prime
The Prime Minister also emphasized the need for people-to-people,
institution-to-institution and government- to-government exchanges
between the two countries.
The Sri Lankan Ambassador also invited the Prime Minister of Pakistan
to visit Sri Lanka.
The Prime Minister said that he would visit Sri Lanka at an early
The Prime Minister asked the High Commissioner to convey the
assurance of his highest considerations to the leadership of Sri Lanka.