Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar met with President Ranil Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka today. The two leaders fondly recalled the close and cordial relations and immense goodwill between the people of the two countries.
The Prime Minister emphasized the need to work together to fight poverty and promote economic growth and development for benefit of the entire region. He also expressed his desire to promote peace and enhance connectivity through regional cooperation.
While noting that Pakistan and Sri Lanka were facing broadly similar economic challenges, the two leaders exchanged notes on this important subject. They agreed that the concerned authorities on both sides will remain in contact to exchange experiences and best practices in areas such as privatization of State-Owned Enterprises.
The President of Sri Lanka thanked the Prime Minister for conveying warm sentiments on behalf of the government and the people of Pakistan. The leaders agreed to further strengthen bilateral ties and continue the long-standing cooperation in areas of mutual interest.
During the meeting, the two leaders also expressed deep concern at the grave humanitarian situation in Gaza caused by the ongoing Israeli attacks. In this regard, they called for immediate cessation of hostilities by Israel; establishment of a humanitarian corridor to provide aid to the besieged people of Gaza; and a two-state solution, resulting in the establishment of a viable and contiguous Palestinian State with pre-1967 borders and Al-Quds Al Sharif as its capital.