President Mahinda Rajapaksa met Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sept. 25 in New York. Both leaders are in the City this week, attending the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
The discussion between President Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Sharif centered on the different ways Sri Lanka and Pakistan could further strengthen bilateral relations, particularly in the area of economic cooperation. They acknowledged that the long-term friendship between the two countries has resulted in the solidarity that Sri Lanka and Pakistan share.
The Pakistani delegation included several high-level officials, including the Adviser to the Prime Minister on national security and foreign affairs Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Minister of Finance Mr. Ishaq Dar and the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations Mr. Masood Khan.
The Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management Mr. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Mr. Dullas Alahapperuma, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Dr. Palitha Kohona and Additional Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Mrs. Kshenuka Seneviratne were also present at the meeting.