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Pakistani PM holds wide ranging talks with Sri Lanka rulers

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, on a 2-days official visit to Sri Lanka, reviews the multifaceted bilateral relationship in diverse fields of cooperation with Sri Lanka.

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Shotlist:  COLOMBO, SRI LANKA    (FEBRUARY 24, 2021)    (MOFA  – ACCESS ALL)

  1.     PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER IMRAN KHAN SEATED WITH SRI LANKA  PRESIDENT GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA
  2.     KHAN TALKING
  3.     RAJAPAKSA TALKING
  4.     KHAN AND RAJAPAKSA SITTING
  5.     KHAN SEATED WITH SAJITH PREMADASA, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN SRI LANKA
  6.     KHAN TALKING
  7.     VARIOUS OF MEETING WITH OPPOSITION LEADERS OF SRI LANKA
  8.     KHAN ARRIVING TO SIGN REGISTER
  9.     KHAN POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPH WITH SRI LANKAN OPPOSITION LEADER
  10.     (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) PAKISTANI FOREIGN MINISTER SHAH MEHMOOD QURESHI SAYING:
  11.     “We have had very cordial relations with Sri Lanka; we have always had very good bilateral relations. They agree that when they were in difficulties, when terrorism was at its height in Sri Lanka, the country that stood by them was Pakistan. They succeeded in overcoming terrorism, and for that they share the credit with Pakistan.  They say that it would not have been possible without the help of Pakistan.”
  12.     KHAN SEATED WITH PAKISTANI BUSINESS COMMUNITY ATTENDING PAKISTAN SRI LANKA TRADE AND INVESTMENT CONFERENCE 2021 IN COLOMBO.
  13.     VARIOUS OF KHAN’S MEETING WITH BUSINESSMEN
  14.     (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) PAKISTANI FOREIGN MINISTER SHAH MEHMOOD QURESHI SAYING:
  15.     “Training, capacity building, we are making progress in that. As well as in counter- terrorism and intelligence sharing, because terrorism is a challenge that still exists. We have had cooperation on terrorism in the past and now we have to see how we can improve it. Along with this, human resource development. In education, their literacy rate is very high,  but Pakistan can help them in medicine and medical education.”
  16.     VARIOUS OF MEETING BETWEEN PAKISTANI PM AND PAKISTANI BUSINESSMEN    

STORY: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is on a 2-days’ official visit to Sri Lanka, held meetings with top leaders of the country on Wednesday (February 24).

A joint communique issued at the end of the visit said Khan had held delegation-level meetings with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka to review the multifaceted bilateral relationship in diverse fields of cooperation.


“The two sides reviewed the extensive engagement that exists between the two countries in promoting cultural linkages, human resource development, and capacity building in diverse areas as well as educational and technical cooperation. The Pakistan side announced 100 scholarships in the field of medicines (MBBS and BDS) as part of the Pakistan-Sri Lanka Higher Education Cooperation Programme (PSLHECP). The Sri Lankan side appreciated the cooperation being extended by Pakistan in human resource development and capacity building,” the communique said.

“We have had very cordial relations with Sri Lanka; we have always had very good bilateral relations. They agree that when they were in difficulties, when terrorism was at its height in Sri Lanka, the country that stood by them was Pakistan. They succeeded in overcoming terrorism, and for that they share the credit with Pakistan.  They say that it would not have been possible without the help of Pakistan,” Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said after the meetings.

Leader of the Opposition in Sri Lanka Sajith Premadasa also called on the Pakistani Prime Minister and expressed gratitude from his party to the Prime Minister for his important visit to Sri Lanka.

Later in the day, Khan held a meeting with Pakistani business community attending Pakistan Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Conference 2021 in Colombo.

The Pakistani business community shared various proposals for enhancement in trade and investment between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and

expressed their view that both Sri Lankan and Pakistani businesses are well placed to work together and harness the potential connected to trade and investment.

The two sides stressed the importance of realizing the goal of achieving US$ 1 billion bilateral trade target and also agreed to work towards broadening and deepening of Pakistan Sri Lank Free Trade Agreement.

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