Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has sought Pakistan’s assist in tackling drug trafficking and Islamist extremism, his workplace stated on Monday.
“Drug trafficking and addiction is a grave evil that my country is confronted with. We wish to seek Pakistan’s assistance to eradicate this menace”, the President stated in an announcement, following his assembly with visiting Pakistan International Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. President Rajapaksa additionally requested the federal government of Pakistan to assist Sri Lanka within the battle in opposition to Islamist extremism, the assertion stated.
“We already have very close, friendly and warm relations with Sri Lanka. Pakistan hopes to further develop them widening the scope of cooperation”, Mr. Qureshi stated, including that his authorities was keen to work with Sri Lanka to “conserve and develop” Buddhist heritage in Pakistan. “We are eagerly waiting for your visit to Pakistan at your earliest”, Mr. Qureshi added, Mr. Gotabaya’s workplace stated.
The go to comes days after Mr. Gotabaya met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
The Pakistan International Minister additionally met Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to convey a particular message from his Prime Minister Imran Khan, an announcement stated.
In a letter hand-delivered to Mr. Mahinda, Mr. Khan prolonged an invite to him to go to Pakistan. Mr. Mahinda has accepted the invitation, his workplace stated. “We’re happy Sri Lanka is back in experienced hands,” Mr. Qureshi stated.
The dialogue focussed on subjects together with commerce, combating terrorism, youth affairs, unemployment, agriculture and cricket.
A number of international dignitaries and envoys have been reaching out to the Rajapaksa brothers, Sri Lanka’s newly-elected President and newly-appointed PM, over the past two weeks.
On Monday, Mr. Gotabaya tweeted: “I was pleased to meet with the Special Representative of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China and Director-General of the Department of Asian Affairs of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Mr. Wu Jianghao and had cordial discussions on #China – #LKA relations.”