This will be PM Imran Khan first visit to Sri Lanka since assuming office, according to a statement issued by the Foreign Office on Friday.
Giving details of the premier’s programme, the FO statement said that Mr Khan would be meeting President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa during the visit. The prime minister will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including members of the cabinet and senior officials.
Bilateral talks would cover issues of trade and investment, health and education, agriculture and science and technology, defence and security, and culture and tourism. Key regional and international issues would also be discussed, the FO said.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka have agreed to reactivate the forum of joint working groups for redressal of technical issues pending between the two trading partners.
Pakistan’s Ministry of Commerce would organise a trade and investment conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on February 24. The event would coincide with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Sri Lanka. He revealed that a delegation comprising prominent businessmen would also attend conference. “We hope that this will further deepen the excellent relations between the two countries and will further enhance trade through the Pakistan-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (FTA)” said Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood last week.