Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi arrived in the Sri-Lankan capital – Colombo late on Sunday night. Qureshi will begin his two-day official visit of Sri Lanka on Monday during which he will meet the country’s newly elected leadership and convey to it a felicitation message of PMImran Khan.
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According to Foreign Office, Qureshi will call on Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and PM Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The foreign minister will have a separate meeting with his newly-appointed Sri Lankan counterpart, Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena. The two sides are expected to exchange views on the entire gamut of bilateral relations and matters pertaining to regional and international issues.
Earlier, PM Khan on Nov 20, telephoned newly-elected Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, congratulating him on his electoral win and invited him to visit Pakistan at his ‘earliest convenience’. President Rajapaksa reportedly accepted the invitation.
Mr Rajapaksa stormed to victory in Sri Lanka’s presidential elections, the results of which came on Nov 17. PM Khan had said the election reflected the trust reposed by the Sri Lankan people in the leadership and vision of Mr Rajapaksa and hoped that the country and its people would achieve greater success and prosperity under President Gotabaya’s stewardship.
Earlier, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa arrived in Delhi 29 November on a three-day visit after taking over the reins of Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa’s first overseas tour is a reflection of the importance he attaches to ties with India.
Gotabhaya was invited by Indian the Prime minister Narendra Modi on his first international tour as a president which he gladly accepted over China.