Pakistan says Sri Lanka bravely faced menace of terrorism

Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka had bravely faced the menace of terrorism, which led to the stability in the region.

The president said this while talking to Commander of the Sri Lankan Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, who along with a delegation called on him here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, the Associated Press of Pakistan reported.

President Mamnoon said Pakistan and Sri Lanka had exemplary relations and underlined that Pakistan was proud of its friendship with Sri Lanka and both the countries were having close cooperation in different fields including the fight against terrorism.

He underscored that Pakistan was also subjected to terrorism like Sri Lanka but “we have largely overcome this scourge with the national unity and bravery of our armed forces. Our nation has laid numerous sacrifices on this path.”

He stated that peace had been restored in the country and the business activities were being conducted as usual, moreover, foreign investors and traders were giving preference to Pakistan.

The president stressed that friendly relations with all countries, especially neighbours, were the basis of Pakistan foreign policy but the longstanding Kashmir issue was a major challenge for the region and was also a cause of great concern for Pakistan. He said the international community and organizations should play their role in that regard. Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake thanked the president and hoped that bilateral cooperation between the two countries would further grow in future.

He said Pakistan was the cradle of Buddhism, which was also a shared heritage of both the nations and he was very pleased to visit the country.

Courtesy: The Sunday Leader

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