- PM Imran says his first visit to the country was when “I was just starting my cricket career”
- Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa thanked Prime Minister Imran for Pakistan’s cooperation in the field of sports
- The Prime Minister is accompanied by a high-level delegation, including cabinet members and senior officials
COLOMBO / ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) could help boost economic ties with Central Asia, including Sri Lanka.
Addressing a press conference with his Sri Lankan counterpart, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that his first visit to the country was when “I was just starting my cricket career”.
The Prime Minister emphasized that Pakistan and Sri Lanka face problems such as terrorism. “Pakistan is suffering from the worst terrorism in ten decades, they have lost 70,000 lives in the last decade,” he said.
The Prime Minister invited Sri Lanka to promote economic and regional ties through Pakistan. “Through CPEC [China–Pakistan Economic Corridor]He said economic ties could extend to Central Asia and Sri Lanka.
Pakistan is a “key component” of the CPEC, which he said would “open up new avenues for the development of regional ties”.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa thanked the Prime Minister for Pakistan’s cooperation in the field of sports.
The two leaders met one-on-one and discussed issues of bilateral and regional importance.
He also reaffirmed his commitment to strengthening ties in diverse areas at a meeting held at the Sri Lankan Prime Minister’s Office – Triple Trace – Sri Lankan Prime Minister’s Office and discussed trade and investment, health and education, agriculture, science and technology. , Security, and focused on strengthening ties in the areas of security. Culture and tourism.
Earlier in the afternoon, Prime Minister Raja Pakse received Prime Minister Imran Khan on his arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport, where he was given a guard of honor.
The Pakistani prime minister is the first president to visit Sri Lanka since President Gotabai Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Rajapaksa took office last year, highlighting the importance of the two countries’ vital ties.
Prime Minister Imran Khan is paying a two-day official visit to the island nation at the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart. He is accompanied by a high-level delegation, which includes cabinet members and senior officials.
He is also expected to attend a joint ‘Trade and Investment Conference’ aimed at promoting trade and investment between the two countries.
During the visit, several memoranda of understanding will be signed to enhance mutual cooperation.