Sri Lankan Air Chief calls on President

ISLAMABAD: Commander of Sri Lankan Air Force Air Marshal Kolitha Aravinda Gunatilleke called on President Mamnoon Hussain here at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Thursday.

Highlighting the existence of long term bilateral ties between the two countries, the President said that Pakistan attached high importance to its cordial relations with Sri Lanka.

He said that further strengthening of bilateral partnership in diverse areas would be mutually beneficial to the people of both countries. He emphasized on further enhancing the defence cooperation between the two countries.

The President stated that despite existence of cordial political relations and free trade agreement, bilateral trade between the two countries was far below the potential.

He also emphasized to continue exploring mutual avenues for further enhancement of bilateral trade. He appreciated the Sri Lankan government for sending a team of experts to assist Government of Punjab in fighting dengue virus in July, 2011.

He said that Pakistan was valiantly confronting the challenge of terrorism adding that Pakistan could also benefit from the Sri Lankan experience of defeating Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to eliminate the menace of terrorism.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan Air Chief Air Marshal Kolitha Aravinda Gunatilleke thanked the President for meeting and expressed confidence that bilateral collaboration would be further enhanced in the future. The President wished the visiting dignitary a pleasant and fruitful visit to Pakistan.

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