Pakistan PM commends Lanka’s efforts to contain COVID-19

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has commended the efforts made by Sri Lanka to fight the COVID -19 pandemic in a telephone conversation with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday, the Prime Minister’s Office of Pakistan said.

The two leaders discussed bilateral relations, the regional situation and a broad range of other issues, the statement said. Prime Minister Khan had briefed the Sri Lankan President about the latest situation in Pakistan and the steps taken by the Government to contain COVID-19.

The Prime Minister apprised the President about his “Global Initiative on Debt Relief” for developing countries to mitigate the severe socio-economic impacts of the pandemic. Stressing the need for a holistic solution, the Prime Minister underlined the importance of the developed and developing countries working together. The Prime Minister of Pakistan underscored the imperative of peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

In the context of regional situation, the Prime Minister underlined that rather than confrontation, cooperation must be the key dynamic to help realise the true potential of more than 1.5 billion people in South Asia. He underlined that the goals of sustainable development and prosperity should be advanced through regional cooperation, including the platform of SAARC.

The Prime Minister reiterated the invitation to the Sri Lankan President to visit Pakistan once the COVID-19 situation improves. The two leaders agreed to remain in close contact to coordinate regional response to COVID-19 and other challenges.

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