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Thursday, February 03, 2011 - 5.25 GMT

Pak-SL relations to new heights - SL Amb


The strategic partnership with Pakistan would benefit mutual advantage of both the nations, said Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Pakistan, Air Chief Marshall Jayalath Weerakkody in a meeting with Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Speaker of the National assembly of Pakistan.

He said that Sri Lankan government wants to take Pak-Sri Lankan relationship to “new heights”, encompassing a multi-sectoral engagement.

In a discussion with the Sri Lankan High Commissioner, Speaker National Assembly said that Pakistan greatly valued its close relationship with Sri Lanka and said both countries always stood by each other in turbulent times and shared commonality of views on regional issues.

Pakistan acknowledges the Sri Lankan government’s efforts to defeat terrorism, and stressed the need for joint cooperation to counter this menace, quoting the Speaker APP reported.

She said that Pakistan always supported the unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Sri Lanka and assured that despite its own economic difficulties, Pakistan would continue to contribute towards the socio-economic development of Sri Lanka.

The Pakistan Speaker said that Sri Lanka being an important member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association should play her role to reinvigorate the CPA Asia Branch.

She said that she would discuss the issue with her Sri Lankan Counterpart during her forthcoming visit to Sri Lanka. The Speaker also appreciated Sri Lanka’s timely assistance to Pakistan in the wake of the recent catastrophic floods in the country.

Pakistan Speaker emphasized the need to activate the Pakistan-Sri Lanka Parliamentary Friendship Group to facilitate bilateral interaction between parliamentarians of both the countries.

She informed the High Commissioner that Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services had been established which would initiate seminars and capacity building courses to enhance the capacity of Parliamentarians and Parliamentary staff.

She said that regional countries could also benefit from the capacity building, research and I.T facilities at the Institute.

Air Chief Marshall Jayalath Weerakkody apprised the Speaker about the recent visit of Sri Lankan Speaker to Pakistan.

He said that the delegation was delighted to see the immense development in Pakistan and carried back greater understanding of the depth of challenges confronting Pakistan.

He said that Sri Lanka was keen to initiate new joint venture projects with Pakistan in the areas of cement, sugar, dairy production, chemical plants, textiles, tourism and pharmaceutical as potential areas of mutually beneficial collaborative projects for the mutual good of the two peoples.

He also reiterated that Sri Lanka will always support Pakistan on regional and international forums.






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