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  • PM Imran Khan to go to Sri Lanka on February 23
  • Premier has been invited by his Sri Lanka counterpart Mahindra Rajapaksa
  • FO shares PM Imran Khan’s schedule for the two-day journey

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan shall be visiting Sri Lanka on February 23 for 2 days, the International Workplace confirmed after weeks of hypothesis Friday.

He has been invited by his Sri Lanka counterpart Mahindra Rajapaksa.

This would be the premier’s first go to to Sri Lanka since he has assumed workplace.

PM Khan shall be accompanied by a high-level delegation, together with members of the Cupboard and senior officers.

Examine PM Imran Khan’s handle to the Sri Lankan Parliament 

Conferences with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa are on the agenda.

Moreover bilateral issues, views shall be exchanged on key regional and worldwide points, the FO assertion learn.

The premier’s programme remains to be being finalised and regardless of makes an attempt by Pakistan, PM Khan’s handle to the Sri Lankan Parliament needed to be scrapped, The Information reported officers as saying.

Through the go to, the reconstitution of the Sri Lanka-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Affiliation shall be additionally introduced to additional promote parliamentary exchanges between the 2 international locations.

The premier will take part in a joint ‘Trade and Investment Conference’ to advertise commerce and funding between the 2 international locations. Various MoUs to boost bilateral cooperation shall be signed throughout the go to.

Learn extra: PM Imran Khan happening two-day journey to Sri Lanka February 22

Pakistan and Sri Lanka have maintained shut, cordial and mutually supportive relations since 1948. The 2 international locations share commonality of views on a variety of worldwide and regional points. Either side additionally work intently on the worldwide and regional fora together with the United Nations and SAARC.

PM Imran Khan’s handle to Sri Lankan Parliament cancelled on account of COVID-19: report

Sri Lanka cancelled the premier’s scheduled handle to the nation’s Parliament on account of coronavirus restrictions, it was reported by Sri Lankan publication Day by day Categorical earlier this week.

Sri Lankan International Secretary Jayanath Colombage instructed the publication that Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena had requested the federal government to cancel the handle as he couldn’t guarantee full attendance due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The publication additionally quoted Sri Lanka’s International Minister Dinesh Gunawardena saying that Colombo had added PM Imran Khan’s handle on the request of Islamabad.

The newspaper reported that the handle may have additionally been cancelled on account of fears of sure authorities officers that it’d “sour” ties with India.

The cancelled handle was scheduled to happen on February 24 as a part of the two-day journey of the prime minister.

Had the handle not been cancelled then PM Imran Khan would have turn into the third Pakistani chief to handle the Sri Lankan legislature.

Solely two Pakistani leaders — President Ayub Khan and Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto — have addressed the Sri Lankan Parliament earlier than.

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