June 08, Colombo: While continuing to nurture the friendly relations, Sri Lanka and Pakistan will take measures to further strengthen the historical ties between the two countries, the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said today.
Welcoming the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) of Pakistan Army, General Raheel Sharif, who is on an official visit to Sri Lanka, at the Presidential Secretariat Monday morning, the President, recalled landmark ties and relations that continue to foster between the two countries.
The Army Chief and President Sirisena discussed about the cooperation and collaboration between the two countries on issues pertaining to regional security.
During the brief meeting, President Sirisena underlined the need for further enhancement of such cooperation and understanding in the future too since both nations are close neighbors in the South Asian region.
They emphasized the importance of working with close cooperation to ensure mutual interests in security activities.
“The visit of Pakistan’s Army Chief will provide both sides with an opportunity to review ongoing cooperation and collaboration, and to discuss ways to further broaden and deepen this relationship,” Pakistani High Commission in Colombo said in a statement earlier.
Since independence, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have consistently maintained close, cordial and mutually supportive relations. Both nations have assisted each other during testing times in their history.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka have comprehensive and mutually beneficial training collaboration for Army, Navy and Air Force. Over a period of time, a strong bond of commitment and mutual understanding has been reached between both the countries. Both countries are committed to work more closely in all fields to boost cooperation and peace efforts in the region.
Secretary to the President P. B. Abeykoon, Secretary of Defense B.M.U.D. Basnayake and Army commander Lieutenant General Crishanthe de Silva were among those participated at the meeting between the President and General Sharif.
General Sharif also called on Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe today at the Temple Trees.