Sri Lanka looks forward to work closely with new Premier of Pakistan

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Aug 20, 2018 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s head of state, President Maithripala Sirisena says he is looking forward to working closely with the newly elected Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, to further develop the historic partnership.

Sending a diplomatic note, President Maithripala Sirisena said that he is confident that new Premier’s tenure of office will help steer the country towards peace, stability, and prosperity.

“Our two countries enjoy close and cordial relations that have grown over the years, with potential for further advancement of our bilateral partnership,” Sirisena said.

“I look forward to working closely with you to further develop our historic friendship and partnership and find avenues to deepening the cooperation between the two nations.”

Releasing a diplomatic message, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he is also looking forward to further strengthen the mutually beneficial relationship with Pakistan.

“Sri Lanka and Pakistan enjoy excellent bilateral relations based on mutual respect and common interests,” Wickremesinghe said.

“Building on this very strong foundation, the ties between two countries continue to grow from strength to strength.”

In his first televised speech, Imran Khan pledged to cut government expenditure and crack down on corruption, a day after being sworn in as Pakistan’s prime minister.

Khan also invited the country’s millions of overseas citizens to invest back home to help prop up falling foreign reserves.

The cricketer-turned-politician promised to auction off the fleet of more than 80 vehicles maintained by the prime minister’s office, keeping only two for his official use.