Analysts, political leaders welcome PM’s visit to Sri Lanka

ISLAMABAD: Analysts have said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Sri Lanka would further strengthen bilateral relations and increase bilateral trade volume between the two countries.

They further said, both Sri Lanka and Pakistan have strong economic relations and the two countries intend to further strengthen bilateral relations as they have unanimity of views on the international and regional issues.

These views were expressed by analysts while talking in Current Affairs’ programme of Radio Pakistan.

Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf said, Prime Minister during his visit to Sri Lanka signed eight MoUs and agreements in defence and science.

“The economy of our country has been improving with every passing day due to prudent economic policies of the government, “he said.

PM has invited the business community of Sri Lanka to investment in Pakistan, he added.

Pakistan would export its products to Sri Lanka in accordance with free trade agreement, he further said.

PML-N MNA Raja Javed Ikhlas said, “People of both Sri Lanka and Pakistan have strong affiliations with each other.”

He said, more than 100 companies managed their stalls of Pakistani products in the exhibition held in Sri Lanka.

Before PML-N government came into power, he said and added, foreign investors were hesitant to invest in Pakistan but now foreign investors have been taking keen interest to invest in development projects in the country.

PML-N leader Rana Muhammad Afzal Hussain said, “Sri Lanka is an important member of SAARC and has strong relations with Pakistan and leaders of both the countries agreed to further strengthen the relations.”

“Pakistan is now a suitable place for the foreign investors at this time, moreover, Sri Lanka is well aware of the fact that Pakistan has always supported Sri Lanka in every crucial time. ”

Mirza Ikhtiyar Baig, an industrialist, said: “Pakistan exports many products to Sri Lanka. ”

The main achievement, he said was that Sri Lanka itself was taking interest to improve trade relations with Pakistan.

This was a clear manifestation that prudent economic policies of present government were going in right direction.

China Pakistan Economic corridor, he said would definitely facilitate all the countries of the region.

The present government, he said, was focusing on to improve bilateral and trade relations with all the countries of the region.”