The government of Pakistan and its people greatly value relations with Sri Lanka and the two countries enjoy commonality of views on regional and international issues and coordinate their positions at all forums including United Nations and SAARC, the leader of the Pakistani delegation to the 58th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association meeting, Dr. Nafisa Shah said during a meeting with Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa yesterday.
The Pakistani leader called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Temple Trees and appreciated the arrangements made by the Sri Lankan Government for organizing the 58th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference.
Underscoring the need for enhanced exchange of Parliamentary delegations between the two countries to promote people-to-people contacts, Dr. Shah has said that such visits will help promote greater cooperation between the two Parliaments.
She has also emphasized the need for further strengthening the linkages between women parliamentarians of Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
She has appreciated the Sri Lankan government's success on eliminating the menace of terrorism which resulted in bringing back normalcy to the country.
The Speaker of Sindh Assembly Nisar Ahmed Khoro has expressed satisfaction over the volume of trade between two countries which has been doubled from US$ 140 million to around US$ 300 million in the last four years. He hoped that the figure of US$ 1 billion in bilateral trade will be achieved in near future.
The Speaker of Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan has said that the people and the Pakistan government are really grateful to the Sri Lankan government for sending the team of medical personnel to help combat and control the spread of dengue virus.
The Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa has underscored the importance that Sri Lanka attaches to the special bonds of affinity that exist between the two countries, based on the rich historical and cultural interactions as well as the shared aspirations of people for peace, progress and prosperity.
The Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody appreciated the support extended by the Pakistani Government for extending unflinching support to Sri Lanka during the 3 decade long internal conflict which immensely helped in the elimination of the menace of terrorism from Sri Lankan soil.
The two sides agreed to further strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries and stressed upon the need to work closely in the regional and global context.