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Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari called for diversifying trade between Pakistan and Sri Lanka to promote greater economic interaction between the two countries.
He also expressed satisfaction that trade volume between the two countries was following an upwards trajectory.
President Zardari called for diversifying trade between Pakistan and Sri Lanka to promote greater economic interaction between the two countries. During a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the sidelines of the 16th NAM Summit‚ Zardari said there is an urgent need to attract more trade as indicated by the Joint Commission last year.
He said two hundred million dollars Buyer’s Credit Facility offered by Pakistan to Sri Lanka should be fully utilized to maximize bilateral trade.
President Zardari expressed the hope that the two countries would continue to stand together at regional and multilateral forums.
The meeting at the Conference Center was also attended by Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka besides being located in the South Asian region are members of various regional and international bodies like UN, commonwealth, NAM and SAARC.
The relationship between Pakistan and Sri Lanka is based on mutual trust and commonality of interest in maintaining regional peace, security and stability. Pakistan has always supported the unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Sri Lanka.
Both countries have shared common perceptions on almost all regional and international issue and work together on all these forums.