PM Imran says CPEC might help lengthen financial ties to Sri Lanka

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Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Sri Lankan counterpart, Mahinda Rajapaksa, tackle a joint press convention in Colombo, Sri Lanka, February 23, 2021. Geo News/through The News
  • PM Imran says his first go to to the nation was when “I was starting my cricket career”
  • PM Mahinda Rajapaksa thanks PM Imran for Pakistan’s cooperation within the discipline of sports activities
  • The premier is accompanied by a high-level delegation, together with members of the Cabinet and senior officers

COLOMBO/ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan mentioned Tuesday the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) may assist lengthen financial ties to Central Asia, together with Sri Lanka.

Addressing a press convention alongside his Sri Lankan counterpart, PM Imran mentioned his first go to to the nation was when “I was starting my cricket career”.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka have been going through points comparable to terrorism, the premier underscored. “Pakistan has been the victim of the worst terrorism for ten years, sacrificing 70,000 lives” over the previous decade,” he stated.

The prime minister invited Sri Lanka to promote its economic and regional ties through Pakistan. “Through the CPEC [China–Pakistan Economic Corridor], financial ties might be prolonged to Central Asia and Sri Lanka,” he mentioned.

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Red carpet welcome for PM Imran Khan in Sri Lanka. Photo: Sri Lanka

Pakistan is an “important component” of the CPEC, which he mentioned would “open new avenues for the development of regional ties”.

PM Mahinda Rajapaksa thanked the premier for Pakistan’s cooperation within the discipline of sports activities.

The two leaders held a one-on-one assembly and mentioned problems with bilateral and regional significance.

They additionally affirmed the resolve to strengthen relations in various areas within the assembly held at Temple Trees — the Sri Lankan prime minister’s workplace — and targeted on strengthening ties in areas of commerce and funding, well being and schooling, agriculture, science and expertise, safety, tradition and tourism.

Earlier within the afternoon, PM Rajapaksa obtained PM Imran Khan on the latter’s arrival right here on the Bandaranaike International Airport, the place he was additionally given a guard of honour upon his arrival.

The Pakistani premier is the primary head of state to go to Sri Lanka after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and PM Rajapaksa assumed workplace final 12 months, indicating the significance each international locations connect to their vital relationship.

PM Imran Khan is endeavor the two-day official go to to the island nation on the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart. He is accompanied by a high-level delegation, together with members of the Cabinet and senior officers.

He was anticipated to additionally take part in a joint ‘Trade and Investment Conference’ aimed toward selling commerce and funding between the 2 international locations.

A variety of memoranda of understanding (MoUs) to boost bilateral cooperation could be signed throughout the go to.

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