COLOMBO - The Pakistani Parliamentary delegation led by Dr Nafisa Shah, MNA, and Chairperson of National Commission for Human Development paid a courtesy call on President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees in Colombo.
Talking to the delegation, the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa noted that Pakistan extended unflinching support to Sri Lanka during the three decade internal conflict and immensely helped in the elimination of the menace of terrorism from the Sri Lankan soil.
He said that Sri Lanka would not have eliminated the scourge of terrorism without the help and support of Pakistan.
He said that Pakistan has proved to be a true friend of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan Government as well as public has deep affection for Pakistan.
Dr Nafisa Shah conveyed the appreciation of Pakistani Government, Parliament and people to the President for the hospitality extended towards the Pakistani delegation.
She also commended the arrangements made by the Sri Lankan Government for organising the 58th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in an impressive manner.
She said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka are historically bonded in a relationship of trust, mutual respect and deep friendship which is manifested at all the stages of their histories.
The two sides agreed to further strengthen the bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and stressed upon the need to work closely in the regional and global context.
Other members of the delegation included the Speaker of Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan and Senator Muzaffar Hussain Shah. The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Seema Ilahi Baloch also accompanied the Pakistani delegation.