President meets Pakistani PM
The formal meeting between Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is on a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa took place at the Presidential Secretariat last morning (24).
The Pakistani Premier was received by the Secretary to the President, P.B. Jayasundera and Foreign Secretary, Professor Jayanath Colombage.
The President and Pakistani Prime Minister engaged in a lengthy discussion on improving bilateral relations. The visiting leader felt that the dialogue was very fruitful.
The two leaders exchanged views on sharing technical knowhow to promote agriculture in both countries.
The two leaders stated that it is their objective to develop the agricultural economy, while ensuring higher revenue for the farmer and a fair price for the consumer. The agricultural economy in Pakistan is quite similar to that of Sri Lanka, Premier Khan said.
Pakistan is a main player in the export sector of Sri Lanka. President Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Khan paid attention to the steps that need to be taken to promote trade and expansion of investment opportunities between the two countries.
Inviting Pakistani people to visit Sri Lanka with the subsiding of the COVID-19 pandemic, the President shared his views on the measures to be taken to develop the tourism sectors in both countries.
The two leaders also focused on several areas of mutual interest including sharing technical knowledge.
Pakistani Foreign Minister, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Adviser to Prime Minister Khan for Commerce and Investment, Abdul Razak Dawood, Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis, Zulfiqar Hussain Bukhari, Pakistani Foreign Secretary, Sohail Mahmood, High Commissioner of Pakistan to Sri Lanka, Maj. Gen. (Retd) Muhammad Saad Khattak, Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Justice Minister Ali Sabry, Secretary to the President P.B. Jayasundera, Adviser to the President Lalith Weeratunga, and Foreign Secretary, Prof. Jayanath Colombage participated.