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Sri Lanka, Pakistan to expand trade ties
January 26, 2015
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COLOMBO: Sri Lanka and Pakistan have reaffirmed their commitment to expand bilateral economic, trade and investment cooperation when the High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Major General (retired) Qasim Qureshi called on External Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Sunday, at the Ministry of External Affairs.

They discussed a range of issues encompassing the entire spectrum of bilateral relations, including ways and means of sustaining and further building momentum in bilateral cooperation.

The High Commissioner also delivered the message of felicitations from Advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on National Security and Foreign Policy Sartaj Aziz to the Foreign Minister on his assumption of office, Pakistan High Commission said in a statement.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera expressed his deep appreciation for Pakistan’s continued and steadfast support to Sri Lanka and assured that Sri Lanka is committed to enhancing its mutually beneficial relationship with Pakistan.

High Commissioner Qureshi and Minister Samaraweera reaffirmed their shared commitment to expanding and deepening bilateral economic, trade and investment cooperation.

Meanwhile, President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to relevant officials not to let any foreign national or a foreign company to mine gems in Sri Lanka.

The president said the government is not ready to endow the local gem industry to foreign companies and instructed the officials to refuse requests for gem mining.

Reuters

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