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* Pakistan-Sri Lanka joint seminar on political and diplomatic challenges next month
Thu, Jan 31, 2013, 10:24 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 31, Colombo: The High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, in collaboration with the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies, will organize a seminar next month in Colombo to discuss political challenges.

The joint seminar titled "Political and Diplomatic Challenges Faced by Nations During and After Conflicts Confined to Borders" will be held on the February 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Kadirgamar Institute.

Secretary to the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development in Sri Lanka, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa will deliver the keynote address.

The seminar is bringing together eminent personalities from both the countries to deliberate on the ramifications of conflicts on nations.

The thematic relevance of seminar to current national narratives of Sri Lanka and Pakistan will provide an introspective opportunity to develop frameworks for mitigation, averting and management of internal conflicts.

Sharing experiences, the panel of experts, will provide policy inputs and frameworks for creating holistic paradigms to resolve political, economic and defence issues at home and diplomatic challenges faced in the international arena.

The need to address humanitarian crisis after a conflict, establishing the rule of law, maintaining macro-economic stability and development of social services and infrastructure are some of the post-conflict political challenges that will be discussed at the seminar.

Furthermore, challenges in countering extremism and terrorism, and promoting pluralism will receive focus at the seminar. The seminar also aims at identifying economic opportunities and challenges in South Asia as a region.

The two sessions of the seminar will be moderated by V. Krishnamoorthy, Director General, South Asia and SAARC Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Sri Lanka and Dr. Mariam Saeed, Second Secretary (Political Affairs), High Commission for Pakistan in Sri Lanka.

The Speakers of the Seminar include Minister of External Affairs Prof. G. L. Peiris, Acting High Commissioner for Pakistan in Sri Lanka Amna Baloch, former Pakistan Foreign Secretary Riaz Khokhar, Pakistan Defence Analyst Lt. Gen. (Retired) Hamid Khan, Former Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary SG/SAARC, and Ambassador to China Nihal Rodrigo, Senior Pakistan Analyst, Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema, Prof. H D. Karunaratne, Prof. Rohan Gunaratna, Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa and Prof D.S Withane.

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