Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said Commonwealth will become a stronger and more cohesive organization under leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The theme of this year's Summit "Growth with Equity-Inclusive Development," is therefore, highly relevant, he said.
Commonly known as the "Harare Principles", these values and principles encompassing democracy, freedom, peace, the rule of law, respect for human rights and opportunity for all, serve as a binding force amongst its member states, he added Pakistan is one of the eight founding members of the Commonwealth, which signed the London Declaration of April 1949.
The Prime Minister will be arriving in Colombo tomorrow to represent Pakistan at the Commonwealth Summit.
His delegation includes Begum Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi, Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecom Ms Anusha Rahman Ahmad Khan and the Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbasi Jilani. The Prime Minister reaffirmed that Pakistan being a democracy and a responsible member of the global community subscribes to the work of the Commonwealth for promoting peace through international co-operation, poverty alleviation through sustainable economic and social development, reported Business recorder.