Sri Lankan President arrives in Pakistan on three-day visit

nawqazzzzzISLAMABAD: Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena, arrived in Islamabad Sunday evening on a three-day State Visit for talks on bilateral and regional matters, officials said.

This is the first visit by the newly elected President Sirisena to Pakistan since he has assumed office in January this year.

He was received at Benazir International Airport by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at a military airbase near Islamabad. He was given a 21-gun-salute on his arrival. Two children presented flowers to the guest.

The Sri Lankan President will hold talks with President Mamnoon Hussain and the Prime Minister on Monday

A number of MOUs/Agreements of cooperation in various fields would be signed after the talks, a Foreign Ministry statement said.

The Speaker, National Assembly of Pakistan, and senior Ministers will call on the visiting dignitary.

Being members of the regional SAARC and Commonwealth, Pakistan and Sri Lanka cooperate closely and coordinate with each other on issues of common interest and regional and international concern.

The diplomatic relations between the two countries were established in 1948. Since then, the bilateral relations have grown from strength to strength.

Earlier his plane landed in Karachi for a brief stopover. Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah and senior officials welcomed the Sri Lankan President. The President will host a state banquet in honour of Sirisena. DNA

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