Pakistan, Sri Lanka sign three MoUs to enhance mutual cooperation

President Mamnoon Hussain with his Sri Lankan counterpart

President Mamnoon Hussain and his Sri Lankan counterpart Maithripala Sirisena Saturday agreed to work together for regional peace, bilateral cooperation and enhancement of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) role. Sirisena was in Pakistan as the chief guest at the Pakistan Day celebrations on March 23.

This he stated during a meeting with Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair at Jinnah International Airport Karachi.

The two sides discussed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and agreed to further bolster their trade relations through sea links. He thanked Pakistan for being a key ally of Sri Lanka. During the meetings, issues of mutual importance were discussed.

The second MoU was signed between Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs of Sri Lanka and Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination of Pakistan on cooperation in the field of youth development.

Besides the MoUs, the presentation ceremony of corneas also took place, which were presented by the Sri Lankan President to the prime minister for treatment of visually impaired persons in Pakistan.

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He reiterated his country's support to Pakistan in its efforts against terrorism and expressed his satisfaction over the achievements against it.

Rajapaksa said Pakistan is one of Sri Lanka's valued friends who stood by it both in times of war and peace.

A year since then, Colombo's stance saw a visible shift and its support for Pakistan was revealed by Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua during her visit to the Sri Lankan capital.

President Sirisena was warmly received by the Pakistani President when he arrived at the President's Official Residence in Islamabad.

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