Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to visit Pakistan on April 5

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Islamabad, April 3: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will arrive for the first time to Pakistan on a  state visit April 5-7, said a statement issued by the Ministery of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan.

This will be Sirisena's first visit to the country after assuming power in January this year after defeating Mahinda Rajapaksha.

Sri Lankan president to visit Pakistan

During the visit, President Sirisena will meet the President Mamnoon Hussain who will host a state banquet in honour of the distinguished visitor.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will hold talks with the President Sirisena.

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A number of MOUs and agreements of cooperation in various fields likely to be signed after the talks. The Speaker of National Assembly of Pakistan, and senior ministers will call on the visiting president.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka enjoy friendly and cordial relations. The diplomatic relations between the two countries were established in 1948. Since then, the bilateral relations have grown from strength to strength.

Being members of SAARC and Commonwealth, Pakistan and Sri Lanka cooperate closely and coordinate with each other on issues of common interest and regional and international concern.

President Maithripala Sirisena paid an official visit to India in February and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also went to Sri Lanka last month only.

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