Minister of Irrigation and Water Management calls on Pakistan PM
Saturday, 18 January 2014 00:01
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka enjoys excellent relations and there is strong political will on both sides to further develop and promote the bilateral relations. PM said this while talking to Nimal Siripala De Silva, Minister for Irrigation and Water Management of Sri Lanka. Minister De Silva is visiting Pakistan as special envoy of the President of Sri Lanka.
The Prime Minister said that there are vast opportunities for increasing the bilateral trade and the both sides should make efforts to enhance the volume of the trade in order to achieve maximum benefits. Both sides should work towards concluding the Comprehensive Economic Policy Agreement (CEPA) by 2016 and encourage private sectors to invest in each other’s economies, the PM added. He also stressed that it was important to make the Free Trade Agreement between the two countries more conducive by increasing the volume of trade.
The Prime Minister also extended an invitation to President Mahinda Rajapaksa to visit Pakistan. The PM recalled his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in New York and in Colombo and hoped that the summit level contacts will help in further boosting the relations. The Prime Minister Sharif assured continued support to Sri Lanka at International forums.
Minister for Irrigation and Water Management Nimal Siripala De Silva reciprocated the warm greetings of the PM and said that the relations between the two countries will further enhance due to keen interest of both the Pakistani and Sri Lankan leadership.