On call, Pakistani Premier discusses economic impact of COVID-19, SAARC with President

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  • Pakistani Premier commends efforts made by Sri Lanka to fight COVID-19
  • Apprises President about his ‘Global Initiative on Debt Relief’ for developing countries 
  • Prime Minister reiterates invitation to President to visit Pakistan post COVID-19 

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan yesterday had a telephone conversation with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to discuss pressing bilateral and regional issues.  

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa 

Prime Minister Imran Khan

The two leaders discussed economic impact of COVID-19, regional situation and a broad range of other issues. Premier Khan commended the efforts made by Sri Lanka to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. He briefed the Sri Lankan President about the latest situation in Pakistan and the steps taken by the Government to contain COVID-19 and efforts to save lives, secure livelihoods and sustain the economy.

The Prime Minister apprised the President about his ‘Global Initiative on Debt Relief’ for developing countries to mitigate the severe socio-economic impacts of the pandemic. The Pakistan Premier underscored that developing countries were particularly vulnerable. 

Stressing the need for a holistic solution, the Prime Minister highlighted the importance of the developed and developing countries growing together. The Prime Minister also shared his perspective on the grave situation in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K) and underscored the imperative of peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

In the context of the regional situation, the Prime Minister underlined that rather than confrontation, cooperation must be the key dynamic to help realize the true potential of more than 1.5 billion people in South Asia. He underlined that the goals of sustainable development and prosperity should be advanced through regional cooperation, including the platform of SAARC.

The Prime Minister reiterated on the invitation to the Sri Lankan President to visit Pakistan once the COVID-19 situation improves. The two leaders agreed to remain in close contact to coordinate the regional response that is COVID-19 related and other challenges, and to realize opportunities.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka are bound by a close, friendly relationship based on mutual trust, mutual respect and sovereign equality.