Islamabad: The Newly appointed Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Pakistan Major General (R) Mr. Jayanath Lokuketagodage met with Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar on Saturday and discussed matters pertaining to bilateral cooperation. He was accompanied by Ms Wijayanthi Edirisinghe, Minister Head of Chancery of the High Commission in Islamabad.
On the occasion Sri Lankan Envoy said Mr. Jayanath Lokuketagodage said he was pleased to assume responsibilities as High Commissioner to Pakistan. He said his country strongly desired to expand already existing relations with Pakistan and it would be his Endeavour to further build up Pak-Sri Lanka relations during his tenure in Pakistan.
While welcoming the Sri Lankan High Commissioner Major Gen (R) Jayanath Lokuketagodage Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar said that Pakistan attached highest importance to its relations with Sri Lanka and assured the envoy that all possible support would be extended to him for fortifying Pak-Sri Lanka ties in different fields particularly in economic sphere. The Minister referred to his meetings with his Sri Lankan counterpart recently in Beijing and Davos and added they shared views on advancement of bilateral economic cooperation.
The Sri Lankan Envoy on the occasion also mentioned about the recent visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Sri Lanka which ushered new era of cooperation. Minister Dar said that Pakistan was keen to follow the goal of increasing bilateral trade volume with Sri Lanka and that both countries could jointly work to achieve this objective. Mr. Jayanath Lokuketagodage thanked the Finance Minister for sparing time out of his busy schedule to receive him for a meeting.