COLOMBO, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka and Pakistan have agreed to deepen bilateral ties and cooperation in several sectors, following discussions between a visiting Pakistani minister and the new Sri Lankan leaders, local media reported here Tuesday.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday for an official visit. On Monday he met with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and discussed deepening bilateral ties between the two countries, a statement released by the Foreign Ministry said.
During discussions with President Rajapaksa, Qureshi said that Pakistan has close relations with Sri Lanka and it hopes to widen the scope of cooperation between the two countries to include trade, investment, defense, tourism, and multi-industry capacity building.
They also discussed preserving Buddhist heritage sites in Pakistan, fighting terrorism, and combating drug trafficking in the region.