Friday, 20 December 2013 00:01
Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan Sardar Ayaz Sadiq arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday (19) on a two days official visit, undertaken on the invitation of Sri Lanka’s Speaker of Parliament Chamal Rajapaksa.
The invitation was conveyed by the Deputy Speaker of Sri Lankan Parliament Chandima Weerakkody, during his recent visit to Pakistan.
During his visit, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq will call on his counterpart and also observe the ongoing proceedings of Sri Lankan Parliament. The Speaker will also hold a meeting with members of Sri Lanka Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Association and attend a luncheon hosted by the association in his honour.
The Sri Lanka-Pakistan Parliamentarians Friendship Association is a multiparty caucus of 42 members, which was established in Colombo in November 2007. The inaugural session of the Association was held on 21 November, 2007, in Colombo under the Chairmanship of the Speaker of Sri Lanka’s Parliament.
The Association is bipartisan as it includes members from almost all political parties. On similar lines, a Sri Lanka-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group has been established in the National Assembly of Pakistan with the Speaker as its President.
The formation of parliamentary Friendship Associations in the national parliaments is another manifestation of cordiality and multifaceted nature of bilateral relations between the two countries.