Joint Press Assertion – Political consultations by the International Secretaries of Sri Lanka and Pakistan

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Third Spherical of Political Consultations between the International Secretaries of Sri Lanka and Pakistan had been held on 4th April 2013 in Colombo. The Sri Lanka delegation was led by Mr. Karunatilaka Amunugama, Secretary, Exterior Affairs of Sri Lanka and the Pakistan delegation was led by Mr. Jalil Abbas Jilani, International Secretary of Pakistan. The 2 sides had discussions on a variety of points primarily based on mutual respect and understanding.
In the course of the three day go to, International Secretary H.E. Mr. Jalil Abbas Jilani known as on H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka, Hon. Prof. G.L Peiris, Minister of Exterior Affairs, Hon. Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Financial Growth, Hon. Seyed Alavi Mowlana, Governor, Western Province and Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Secretary of the Ministry of Defence & City Growth.
The 2 International Secretaries reaffirmed the shut and pleasant relations present between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, and agreed on the necessity to additional foster these relations between the governments and the peoples in a mutually helpful method. The International Secretaries significantly sought multi-sectoral cooperation within the area of commerce, schooling, tradition and defence. The deliberations had been held in a pleasant and constructive spirit.
Mr. Karunatilaka Amunugama briefed his Pakistani counterpart on present developments in Sri Lanka together with the efforts on rehabilitation, reconciliation and resettlement in post-war battle areas with progress within the implementation of the suggestions of the Classes Learnt and Reconciliation Fee. Sri Lanka expressed appreciation for the steadfast assist acquired from Pakistan in worldwide fora significantly on the lately concluded UNHRC session in Geneva in countering the weather that undermine the reconciliation course of. Pakistan reaffirmed its continued assist for Sri Lanka at worldwide fora. Sri Lanka additionally appreciated the event help supplied by the Authorities and the individuals of Pakistan in its efforts to rebuild conflict-affected areas.
The 2 sides reviewed the continued bilateral cooperation in multi – faceted areas together with financial growth, scientific cooperation, cultural issues, agriculture, schooling, defence, catastrophe administration, air providers negotiations and civil nuclear cooperation. Enchancment of commerce relations, addressing problems with the Pakistan-Sri Lanka Free Commerce Settlement and growing funding in numerous sectors had been additionally mentioned. Additional the Secretaries of the 2 international locations agreed to request the Commerce Secretaries of each international locations to fulfill early and to handle the excellent points with the intention of accelerating the quantity of commerce between the 2 international locations.
Each side famous with satisfaction the continuation of the Cultural Trade Programme for 2012-2017 with an goal of enhancing individuals to individuals contacts and burdened the necessity to successfully implement the provisions of the identical. Each side emphasised the significance of enhancing air connectivity. On this regard, each agreed in the direction of upgrading the present Air Companies Settlement which is being negotiated by the 2 Civil Aviation Authorities. This might act as a catalyst to enhance commerce and understand the complete potential of the FTA, promote tourism and foster individuals to individuals interactions.
Each side expressed their resolve and dedication to increase help within the occasion of pure disasters and calamities. The leaders of the delegations finalized the proposed settlement on cooperation within the area of Catastrophe Administration for signing at an early date whereas reiterating the necessity for persevering with cooperation within the area of Catastrophe Administration.
Sri Lanka expressed appreciation for the scholarships supplied by Pakistan in numerous fields of schooling and in coaching of diplomats within the International Service Institute of Pakistan. In return Pakistan reciprocated its appreciation for the scholarships supplied by the Authorities of Sri Lanka for its nationals. Pakistan supplied scholarships in Agricultural Research for Sri Lankan college students in specialised Universities of Pakistan. Sri Lanka expressed its curiosity to supply help to Pakistan in coaching personnel in well being, gems and jewelry sectors which was welcomed by Pakistan. It was agreed to additional diversify and strengthen present collaboration within the area of schooling.
Each side reaffirmed their resolve to strengthen cooperation in countering terrorism and transnational crimes in a complete method. It was agreed to proceed the cooperation with renewed vigour which incorporates coaching of defence personnel.
Each side agreed to proceed collaboration in the direction of furthering regional cooperation. An alternate of views came about on a spread of points, together with the regional safety scenario in addition to issues of mutual curiosity throughout the SAARC framework.
Each side additionally agreed to additional strengthen the present pleasant relations by exchanges of visits in any respect ranges.
It was agreed that the International Secretary-level consultations had been a helpful and constructive train, and each side confirmed their dedication in the direction of holding these conferences frequently.

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