By Arif Qureshi |August, 28, 2016
Islamabad: Finance Minister of Sri Lanka, Mr Karunanayake congratulated the Finance Minister on successful hosting of the SAARC Finance Ministers meeting and stated that decisions reached in the meeting would further strengthen the SAARC process. He also appreciated the exceptional economic performance of Pakistan over the past three years and said that Pakistan’s economy was now closely followed the world over and particularly in the South Asian region. The South Asian countries, he added, could learn a lot from the reform efforts in Pakistan which had not only stabilized the economy in a short span of time but put it on a firm growth path.
Finance Minister of Sri Lanka, Mr Ravi Karunanayake, was called on Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq at ministry of finance on Saturday. Mr Karunanayake was in Islamabad as head of Sri Lankan delegation which attended the 8th meeting of the SAARC Finance Ministers.
Finance Minister Dar appreciated the gesture of Mr Karunanayake to attend the SAARC Finance Ministers meeting personally. His presence in Islamabad, he said, was a proof of the close bilateral relations between the two countries. Minister Dar added that there was tremendous scope in further strengthening the economic and trade relations between the two countries and assured full cooperation of the government of Pakistan in this Endeavour.
Mr Karunanayake thanked Minister Dar for the hospitality extended to him and his delegation during their visit to Pakistan. The meeting was attended by senior officers of the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Meanwhile three terrorists, who were allegedly involved in the attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009, were killed in a police encounter in Lahore on Sunday.
The attack had claimed the lives of seven police officials, and injured seven players including Mahela Jayawaredene, Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Samaraweera, Tharanga Paranavitana and Chaminda Vaas. The Pakistani Taliban and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, an affiliated terrorist group, claimed the attack.
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