The Pakistani President and the Sri Lankan Prime Minister have expressed resolve to join hands against terrorism and to build up trade and economic relations.
President Asif Ali Zardari met Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne today and discussed ways to further strengthen ties between the two countries with a focus on exploring new avenues of cooperation. President Zardari congratulated the Prime Minister on defeating terrorism President Zardari said Pakistan values its relations with Sri Lanka and supports its territorial integrity and sovereignty. He said both the countries need to consult more frequently at multi lateral events.
Prime Minister Jayaratne thanked Pakistan for its moral and material support in countering terrorism. Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne said following the revival of the Parliamentary Association a delegation will visit Pakistan soon. They also called for consolidating cooperation in all spheres including trade, health, education and culture. The President also highlighted the need for high level parliamentary exchanges. Prime Minister Jayaratne appreciated the preservation and maintaining of the Buddhist heritage in Pakistan and said it would be a step forward towards building of a long lasting association between the two countries in all spheres.