H.E. Major General (R) Umar Farooq Burki HI (M), High Commissioner of Pakistan visited Eastern Province from 5th– 8th November 2023. During the visit he held various important meetings with Political, Military and Social activist of the Province and discussed issues related to mutual cooperation and social welfare.
During his visit to Pottuvil and Olluvil, the High Commissioner distributed furniture for the schools at that area. He also distributed Ration Bags to the needy and sports equipment to the desirous people. The event reflects Pakistan’s commitment for social welfare, friendship and support to Sri Lankan community irrespective of religion, gender and ethnicity.
In yet another event, High Commissioner distributed sewing machines amongst widows and deserving families of Kalmunai Kudy in order to enable them to earn respectable livelihood. H.E thanked the people of Eastern Province for overwhelming warmth that was shown during his visit. H.E pointed out that Eastern Province is full of promising opportunities in terms of tourism, local small business, hoteling, sea surfing and much more. Pakistan & Sri Lanka can come together and learn from each other in so many sectors of mutual bilateral interest. Both the countries have huge potential in tourism, education, dairy products, investment and business as well as joint training ventures. The High Commissioner encouraged the local community especially the women to identify some areas where Pakistan and Sri Lanka can enter into joint partnerships for the uplift of the local communities in Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
During the visit to Eastern province the High Commissioner also called on Commander South Eastern Naval Command at Panama and Eastern Naval Commander at Trincomalee. They discussed issues of mutual interest to further strengthen the defence and military relations between the two countries.
Mr. S. M. M. Muszhaaraff, MP from Eastern Province and Mr. Abdul Rahuman Mansur, President of Rahmath Foundation facilitated the programme of the High Commissioner and made necessary coordination for different events during the tour.