Sri Lankan president arrives

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif went to the airport to receive the Sri Lankan head of state


Our Correspondent April 06, 2015
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif went to the airport to receive the Sri Lankan head of state. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD:


Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena arrived on Sunday on a three-day official visit that is aimed at improving existing bilateral economic and political ties between the two countries.


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif went to the airport to receive the Sri Lankan head of state, who was originally scheduled to visit late last year but delayed his plan due to sit-ins in Islamabad.

A 21-gun salute was presented to the visiting dignitary on his arrival at the airport.

The Sri Lankan president will hold formal talks with President Mamnoon Hussain and the PM today (Monday). According to a Foreign Office statement, after the talks the two sides will sign a number of MOUs and agreements of cooperation in various fields.

“The speaker, National Assembly of Pakistan, and senior ministers will call on the visiting dignitary,” the statement added.

This is the first visit by the newly elected President Sirisena to Pakistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 6th, 2015. 

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