Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G. L. Peiris called on the President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari on 29th November 2010 during the Pakistan President’s State Visit to Sri Lanka from 27-30th November 2010.
During the discussions, President Zardari and External Affairs Minister Prof. Peiris agreed to enhance the bilateral relations between the two countries under the Joint Economic Commission. Minister Peiris recalled Sri Lanka’s long and cordial relations with Pakistan and stated that the longstanding ties between the two countries would be further strengthened through the economic cooperation. The Pakistani President stated that it would be useful to consider permitting traders of both countries to use their own currencies instead of international currencies such as the US Dollars.
Briefing the visiting President on the ongoing developments in Sri Lanka following the elimination of the LTTE after over three decades of conflict, the Minister stated that the Government was focusing on development projects enhancing the economy of Sri Lanka. He stated that the Government had obtained a 2/3 majority in the Parliament after successive victories at elections which has provided the required impetus for the Government to carry forward its development objectives.
President Zardari, responding to the Minister’s remarks, stated that Pakistan was ready to offer assistance to develop the cement and sugar production sectors. He stated that he was indeed pleased to note the progress Sri Lanka has made since the elimination of terrorism and added that Pakistan was ready to support Sri Lanka in achieving its development objectives.
Senior Minister A.H.M. Fowzi, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Pakistan Air Chief Marshal Jayalath Weerakkody and Senior Officials were also present during the meeting.
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