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* Sri Lanka, Pakistan to address impediments in bilateral economic relations
Thu, Aug 7, 2014, 08:04 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka and Pakistan have affirmed their commitment to strengthen the bilateral cooperation in trade and investment between the two countries when Sri Lanka's Foreign Secretary met Pakistan's Prime Minister in Islamabad.

Secretary to Sri Lanka's External Affairs Ministry Mrs. Kshenuka Seneviratne Wednesday called on Pakistan Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at the Prime Ministers House.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Sharif said that there was significant potential for trade between Pakistan and Sri Lanka particularly after the Free Trade Agreement 2005 became operational.

He emphasized the importance of relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, particularly in the fields of trade and economy.

"We need to address impediments and deepen bilateral economic relations between the two countries," he said.

The Prime Minister said it was a matter of great satisfaction that the last session of the Pakistan-Sri Lanka Joint Economic Commission had agreed to activate the four Joint Working Groups on Trade, Investment, Auto Sector and Customs cooperation.

Mrs. Seneviratne said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka had always supported each other on various international fora. She also expressed the resolve that this cooperation in the realms of trade and investment would continue between the two countries in the future as well.

During a meeting between the foreign secretaries of the two countries yesterday, Sri Lanka and Pakistan reaffirmed their resolve to strengthen cooperation in countering terrorism and transnational crime in a comprehensive manner.

The two sides agreed to enhance cooperation in combating drug and human trafficking, handling asylum seekers and other transnational crimes and to continue the cooperation with renewed vigor, which includes training of security personnel.

Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Islamabad Air Chief Marshal Jayalath Weerakkody also attended the Wednesday's meeting with the Prime Minister Sharif. Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Pakistani Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs was also present.

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