President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is on a two-day official visit to Pakistan held bi-lateral talks with the Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari last night.
President Rajapaksa was warmly welcomed by President Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani at the Pakistan President's House in Islamabad. A guard of honour was accorded in the honor of President Rajapaksa.
During bilateral discussions President Rajapaksa on behalf of himself and the people of Sri Lanka expressed his deepest appreciation to the government of Pakistan for the support rendered to defeat the three decades long terrorism in Sri Lanka.
Two leaders emphasized attention on the need for the development of trade between the two countries. Sri Lankan and Pakistan leaders further discussed matters regarding a methodology for the exchange of goods between their countries. President Rajapaksa drew the attention on the exploration of more opportunities for Sri Lanka to export tea to Pakistan.
Pakistan President Ali Zardari expressed the possibility of offering to Sri Lanka the technologies used in his country in agriculture and the sugar industry. Speaking further President of Pakistan said that the new technology used in his country in road construction could also be offered to Sri Lanka.
The means of enhancing the co-operation in the field industry were also taken up for discussion.
Two leaders further discussed the long standing friendship between Sri Lanka and Pakistan and matters relating to the development of diplomatic and regional co-operation between the two countries.
Ministers and members of Pakistan government including the Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Ambassadors residing in Islamabad and some distinguished persons participated in the discussion. Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peris, Deputy Ministers, Faiszer Musthapha and Duminda Dissanayake, Parliamentarian Sajin De Vass Gunawardena, Secretary to the President, Lalith Weeratunga and the secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Karunatilake Amunugama were also participated on the occasion.