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* Pakistan Foreign Minister congratulates his Sri Lankan counterpart on election victory
Mon, Apr 26, 2010, 09:12 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 26, Thimpu: Pakistan's Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi met his Sri Lankan counterpart Prof. G.L. Peiris on Monday in Thimpu and held discussions on issues of mutual interest.

The foreign ministers are in the capital of Bhutan to attend the 32nd Session of the SAARC Council of Ministers tomorrow (27).

Pakistan FM Qureshi congratulated Prof. Peiris on eradication of terrorism from the country and on the ruling party's successes at the presidential and general elections.

Qureshi said Pakistan had been able to develop excellent relations with Sri Lanka based on mutual respect and shared interests and wished Sri Lanka stability and prosperity.

The Pakistani FM discussed the state of bilateral relations with Prof. Peiris and expressed satisfaction that the two countries already have several mechanisms of economic cooperation including the existence of the Joint Economic Commission, the Free Trade Agreement, the Bilateral Investment Treaty and Agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation.

Sri Lankan FM apprised his Pakistani counterpart of Sri Lankan government's strategy of uplifting the rural areas by emphasizing on their development to prevent urbanization which could lead to social unrest and uneven economic development. The foreign ministers also discussed the cooperation in the areas of education and human resource development.

The Foreign Minister thanked Pakistan for supporting Sri Lanka immensely during a difficult time and conveyed the appreciations of Sri Lankan people to Pakistan and its people.

The Pakistani FM assured his government's continued support to Sri Lanka and to the SAARC activities that are of mutual benefit and interest.

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