Local News Sri Lanka, COLOMBO, SRI LANKA
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Pakistani FM meets Sri Lanka leaders
Pakistani Foreign Minister, on a visit to Colombo, holds talks with Sri Lanka leaders; briefs them about the “dire state of affairs” in Kashmir.
Shotlist: COLOMBO, SRI LANKA (DECEMBER O2, 2019) (MOFA – ACCESS ALL)
- PAKISTAN’S FOREIGN MINISTER SHAH MEHMOOD QURESHI CLIMBING THE STAIRS TO OFFICE OF SRI LANKAN MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
- QURESHI ENTERING OFFICE AND SHAKING HANDS WITH SRI LANKA MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DINESH GUNAWARDENA
- QURESHI AND GUNAWARDENA SHAKING HANDS FOR CAMERAS
- MEETING IN PROGRESS BETWEEN PAKISTANI AND SRI LANKAN DELEGATIONS (MUTE)
- QURESHI COMING OUT OF FOREIGN OFFICE
- (SOUNDBITE) (English) PAKISTAN’S FOREIGN MINISTER SHAH MEHMOOD QURESHI , SAYING:
- ‘I had an excellent meeting with the Foreign Minister. I’m fortunate to be the first Foreign Minister to have visited Colombo since the new government has been elected. Pakistan and Sri Lanka have enjoyed cordial and friendly relations for a long time. We discussed in our meeting the way forward. I’ve invited the Foreign Minister to visit Islamabad. I’ve extended to him an invitation. I’ll be meeting the President and the Prime Minister. There is a lot we can do to promote our mutual interest. We have been supporting each other in economic terms, in attaining stability on either side. And I look forward to a very fruitful engagement with the new set up in Sri Lanka.”
- QURESHI SHAKING HANDS WITH SRI LANKA PRIME MINISTER MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA (MUTE)
- QURESHI AND RAJAPAKSA SEATED FOR MEETING (MUTE)
Qureshi first met his Sri Lankan counterpart Dinesh Gunawardena and discussed issues including bilateral trade, investment and tourism.
According to a tweet by Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Muhammad Faisal, Qureshi briefed his Sri Lankan counterpart on the” dire situation and human rights crisis" in Jammu and Kashmir.
Faisal said trade, investment, tourism, people to people contacts were discussed in detail, adding that both countries are “very keen to further deepen and strengthen the entire gamut of bilateral relations."
Qureshi also called on newly elected President of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The Foreign Minister, on behalf of Pakistani leadership and nation, felicitated Gotabaya Rajapaksa on his election as the seventh President of Sri Lanka, and handed him a letter from Pakistani President Arif Alvi to invite him to visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience. He also handed an invitation to PM Mahinda Rajapaksa from Pakistani PM Imran Khan .
Talking to media after his meeting with his counterpart, Qureshi said Pakistan and Sri Lanka enjoy longstanding and strong bilateral relations. He said Pakistan and Sri Lanka have always supported each other in diverse field.
A statement for the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said the Sri Lankan President thanked the Pakistani leadership for extending him felicitation on his election and inviting him to visit Pakistan.