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Pakistan looks forward to expand trade relations with Sri Lanka through China-Pakistan Economic Corridor flagship program …Imran Khan

Imran Khan press conference

Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has observed that his country looked forward to expand trade relations with Sri Lanka through China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which connects Gwadar Port in Balochistan with China’s Xinjiang Province and is the flagship project of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

He made this observation in a joint statement issued with his Sri Lankan counterpart Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. Imran Khan said:

“This visit is to strengthen our bilateral relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, especially trading ties. The focus of the bilateral discussion has been on enhancing trade ties between the two countries in order for Sri Lanka to benefit from Pakistan’s connectivity up to Central Asia.

Our trading ties will also mean that the two countries will come closer together. We shared a common problem of terrorism. We had faced decade-long terrorism. Pakistan suffered as well as Sri Lanka’s 30-year-long civil war. Tourism in Pakistan dried up during the terrorism-hit period and that the country hardly received any investment.

Now we have faced another problem – the coronavirus. Sri Lanka has like all other countries that depend on tourism suffered due to the pandemic. The two prime ministers have discussed how developed countries can help the developing world at present. The developed world right now should not be insular. Coronavirus has exposed the inequality in the world. The word organizations like the United Nations should step in to look after the countries that have taken a real beating from the pandemic.

I extend an invitation to Prime Minister Rajapaksa to visit Pakistan."

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