Pakistani Foreign Minister Shad Mahmood Qureshi called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday. A President’s Media communique said that Pakistan’s Foreign Minister extended warm greetings to President Rajapaksa on his and his government’s behalf. Qureshi expressed Pakistan’s keen interest in further strengthening bilateral relations with Sri Lanka especially in the areas of economic development, trade, security cooperation and regional cooperation, the communique said.
Mr. Qureshi said that they already have very close, friendly and warm relations with Sri Lanka. Pakistan hopes to further develop them widening the scope of cooperation. Minister Qureshi said his government wants to work with Sri Lanka to conserve and develop the Buddhist heritage found in his country.
President Rajapaksa in his remarks said that rather than looking for financial assistance, efforts should be made to ensure continuous and enhanced growth in trade and investments on a mutually beneficial basis. The President highlighted the case of betel exports to Pakistan as an example.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa also stated that drug trafficking and addiction is a grave evil that the country is confronted with. Therefore, the government wish to seek Pakistan’s assistance to eradicate this menace.