Pak, Lanka agree on multi-faceted partnership in security, trade
COLOMBO: Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Tuesday agreed on establishing a multi-faceted partnership in security, trade, tourism and culture for the mutual benefit of their peoples.
In a joint statement issued at the conclusion of President Asif Ali Zardari's four-day state visit to Sri Lanka, leaders of the both countries agreed to promote a dialogue on security and defence issues relevant to their bilateral relationship, through high-level contacts between defence forces and the training of security forces personnel.
President Zardari and his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapakse agreed to promote active cooperation in countering the menace of narcotics and illicit trafficking of narcotic substances and to establish mechanisms and modalities for such cooperation.
They directed that officials of the respective finance and economic ministries should meet soon to discuss measures to promote trade between the two countries, including through the extension of innovative lines of credit and/or barter. The statement noted that the official discussions between the two sides were marked by friendship, mutual respect and understanding. Both the Presidents agreed that the civilizational heritage of Sri Lanka and of Pakistan provided the foundation to build a vibrant and multi-faceted partnership. Sri Lanka-Pakistan relations have matured and diversified with the passage of time, encompassing key areas of contemporary relevance, it said.
The two leaders agreed that there is much scope to increase cooperation and to further harness the enormous potential available for consolidating and strengthening the bilateral partnership by building on shared values, leveraging common concerns and interests, enhancing connectivity between the two countries, increasing the synergies of their economies and, reinforcing the institutional framework for cooperation.
Both the leaders agreed on the need for an increase in the frequency of high level visits between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, including at the summit level and at the level of the Parliaments, especially based on Parliamentary Friendship Associations established in each of national parliaments. -App
COLOMBO: President Asif Ali Zardari being presented a gift by the management of the company during his visit to the Brandix, Sri Lanka’s largest apparel manufacturer. -App