President Mahinda Rajapaksa will leave for Pakistan on February 10 for a two-day official visit.
He will be visiting Pakistan on an invitation of Pakistani President, Asif Ali Zardari.
During his two day visit, President Rajapaksa will meet President Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. Discussions will be held between the two sides on strengthening political, defence, cultural, tourist, media, economic, business and trade relations while forging strong bonds between the two nations. A number of bilateral agreements are also expected to be signed between the two sides.
Pakistan has been a close ally of Sri Lanka during the 2004 tsunami and war on LTTE providing technical expertise, training and military equipment. The two countries have long-standing cordial bilateral relations and have been actively engaged in all important fields including trade and commerce.
The relationship between Pakistan and Sri Lanka is based on mutual trust and commonality of interest in maintaining regional peace, security and stability. Pakistan has always supported the unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Sri Lanka. Both countries have shared common perceptions on almost all regional and international issue and work together on all these forums.
Pakistan is the second largest trading partner of Sri Lanka in South Asia and Sri Lanka was the first country to sign a Free Trade Agreement with Pakistan. The level of bilateral trade between Pakistan and Sri Lanka significantly increased as a result of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA).