Maithripala to visit Pakistan on March 31

Maithripala to visit Pakistan on March 31

February 26, 2015   12:44 pm

The President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena will undertake his maiden visit to Pakistan on 31st of March and ink nine bilateral agreements including one pertaining to civil nuclear cooperation with the host country.

The Sri Lanka president who assumed the office last month had telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif immediately after his victory in elections. The prime minister invited him to visit Pakistan.

He will be visiting China in the last week of next month and immediate after completing that country’s visit will be coming to Pakistan. In all probabilities he would be landing in Islamabad after taking off from Beijing. The government of Pakistan has confirmed the schedule of the visit of President Sirisena.

Sri Lanka High Commissioner to Pakistan Air Chief Marshal Jayalath Weerakkody while talking exclusively with The News in Islamabad on Wednesday evening has revealed it. The high commissioner said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka were the first two South Asian countries that had free trade agreement (FTA) between them. The agreement is proving useful for both the countries. “We must keep enhancing our cooperation in different fields including in economic sector,” Jayalath Weerakkody said.

The Sri Lanka’s president will have useful bilateral talks with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and will have some other important meetings during his stay in Pakistan. He will have meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and President Mamnoon Hussain separately. The Sri Lanka president will be accorded warm reception on his arrival in Pakistan. – The News


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