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Pakistan Premier to sign MoUs

21 February, 2021

Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan is scheduled to sign a number of MoUs to strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two countries during his two-day official visit starting on Tuesday (23).

The Premier is undertaking his maiden visit to Sri Lanka since he assumed duties to hold bilateral meetings with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

He will also participate in a joint Trade and Investment Conference to promote trade and investments with Sri Lanka. He will be accompanied by a high-powered business and investment delegation that will consist of business leaders in Pakistan, mainly from the sectors of textile and apparel, pharmaceuticals, agro-food commodities, sports goods, gems and jewellery, auto parts, ICT, construction material and surgical equipment.

In a tweet, PM Rajapaksa said that he was looking forward to the visit. “The visit will further reinforce our bilateral relationship and pave the way for joint ventures that mutually benefit both our nations,” he said.

A press release issued by the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo stated that PM Khan will also lead the delegation-level talks, covering all areas of cooperation between the two countries including trade and investment, health and education, agriculture and science and technology, defence and security, and culture and tourism. Besides bilateral matters, views will be exchanged on key regional and international issues.

The event will also be used as a platform to reconstitute the Sri Lanka-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Association to promote parliamentary exchanges between the two South Asian nations. “Pakistan and Sri Lanka have maintained close, cordial and mutually supportive relations since 1948,” the statement added. The two countries share a commonality of views on a wide range of international and regional issues. Both sides also work closely at the international and regional fora including the United Nations and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

The Foreign Ministry said Prime Minister Khan will be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, Secretary, Foreign Affairs Sohail Mehmood and senior officials of the Pakistan Government.