Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Colombo, a short while ago.This will be Sharif's first visit to Sri Lanka since President Maithripala Sirisena took office a year ago.
According to Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva, 10 memorandum of understandings (MoUs) and pacts were to be signed during Sharif's visit, covering a range of key areas, a statement issued by the Pakistani High Commission in Colombo said.
President Maithripala Sirisena will lead the Official bilateral discussions with the visiting Prime Minister tomorrow, January 5.
The Sri Lankan delegation will include Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Cabinet Ministers and Senior Government officials.
Several bilateral instruments in the areas of Health, Science and Technology, Trade, Statistics, Gem and Jewellery, and Culture are expected to be signed during the visit.
The issues of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing will also be discussed.
Many business MoUs, including deep-sea fishing, cement, power, education and food will also be signed.
President Sirisena will host a State banquet, while Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will also host a lunch in honour of the visiting Prime Minister.
On the invitation of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS), Prime Minister Sharif will deliver a special lecture at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel.
During his stay in Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Sharif will visit the historic city of Kandy.
He will visit Sri Dalada Maligawa the Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic, International Buddhist Museum and Jinnah Hall in Kandy.
The Prime Minister will also visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and will plant a Karanda tree (Pongamia pinnata) to commemorate his visit to Sri Lanka.
“It is recalled that several high level visits have been exchanged between the two friendly countries, which includes President Maithripala’s State visit to Pakistan from 5-7 April, 2015 and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Sri Lanka in 2013 to participate in the Commonwealth Heads of State Meeting,” the statement said. (T.K.G.Kapila)