PM Nawaz leaves on a three-day visit to Sri Lanka

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is scheduled to leave for Sri Lanka today on a three-day visit.  

PM Nawaz Sharif is going to Sri Lanka where he is anticipated to administer the carrying on of a number of bilateral agreements in diverse sectors.

The premier is said to be in escort by Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir, Defence Production Minister Rana Tanveer Hussain, PM’s Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and National Security Adviser Lt Gen (R) Nasir Janjua along with other superior government officials.

Premier PM has been invited by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. The Premier is expected to meet notable parliamentarians, religious leaders and businessmen during the visit.

PM Nawaz is also scheduled to talk to a gathering of ministers, parliamentarians, senior officials, top traders and members of the diplomatic unit.

The Pakistani and Sri Lankan premiers will also sign notable agreements of cooperation in various sectors and the premier will also grip official talks at a state banquet afterwards.

The agreements between the two parties are said to be in the sectors of health, science and technology, trade, statistics, gems and jewellery, culture, money laundering and terrorism financing are to be carried on during his visit.

Numerous other business pacts are also said to be carried out which include various on deep-sea fishing, cement, power, education and food, are likely to be agreed.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka benefit from friendly and cordial relations as the two states instituted diplomatic relations in 1948.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka being members of SAARC and Commonwealth are the states who synchronize with each other on issues of universal curiosity, regional and international concerns.

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe is going to welcome his Pakistani counterpart and his associates at the Bandaranaike International Airport, has also arranged a lunch in his nobility.

The official welcoming ceremony presides by the Sri Lankan president will be held on January 5 at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo.