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Pak, Sri Lanka Urge SAARC States To Work For Region

Pakistan and Sri Lanka called upon SAARC member countries to join hands for greater good of the region and reiterated their commitment to the principles and objectives of the SAARC charter.

In a joint communiqué issued on Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to Sri Lanka, the two countries agreed to take forward the SAARC process for strengthening regional cooperation to achieve prosperity in the region.

During the visit, Prime Minister Imran Khan held delegation-level meetings with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Both countries agreed to strengthen a coordinated approach on issues of mutual interest at regional and international fora and reaffirmed commitment to regional peace, security and stability.

The two sides reviewed the extensive engagement that exists between the two countries in promoting cultural linkages, human resource development, and capacity building in diverse areas.

The two sides stressed the importance of realizing the goal of achieving us$ 1 billion bilateral trade target.

The Pakistan side announced to establish Asian civilization and culture centre at University of Peradeniya, Kandy, 52 million rupees for promotion of sports in Sri Lanka and 100 scholarships in the field of medicines as part of the Pakistan-Sri Lanka higher education cooperation.

Prime Minister Imran Khan announced a new 50 million dollar defence credit line facility for Sri Lanka. He also highlighted the opportunities presented by China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a flagship project of belt and road initiative, for regional economic growth and prosperity.

Prime Minister Imran Khan underscored the need for peaceful resolution of outstanding disputes through constructive dialogue in accordance with international legitimacy.

Prime Minister Imran Khan and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa jointly acknowledged the reconstitution of the Sri Lanka-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Association.