ISLAMABAD: High diplomats from Pakistan and China had been in Colombo on Monday to satisfy the newly-elected Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, underlining the truth that its ties with Islamabad and Beijing would develop, a lot to the discomfort of India.
It was not clear if it was only a coincidence or a coordinated transfer that Overseas Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and the Individuals’s Republic of China Particular Consultant of State Council Wu Jianghao met with prime Sri Lankan management on the identical day.
No matter often is the case, the presence of senior officers from the 2 nations seems to recommend the significance each Islamabad and Beijing connected to their ties with Colombo.
Diplomatic sources informed The News Observers that Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa held back-to-back conferences with the Chinese language diplomat and Overseas Minister Qureshi.
The visiting dignitaries additionally individually met Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who earlier served as nation’s president.
Whereas Overseas Minister Qureshi prolonged formal invitation to the Sri Lankan president and prime minister for a go to to Pakistan, the Chinese language diplomat conveyed the identical on behalf of his management.
FM calls on the President of Sri Lanka. Bilateral points, commerce, funding and folks to folks contacts mentioned. FM handed over a letter from President to President of Sri Lanka and invited him to go to Pakistan at his earliest comfort. #FMinsrilanka pic.twitter.com/nwNRc4KH7p
— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@DrMFaisal) December 2, 2019
It’s anticipated that Sri Lankan president would quickly undertake visits to China and Pakistan. The event will surely upset India, which is cautious of Gotabaya’s shut ties with Pakistan and China.
With a view to woo the brand new president, Modi final week hosted Gotabaya in New Delhi providing Sri Lanka funding and different monetary incentives. Observers, nevertheless, imagine that given Rajapaksa household’s shut ties with Pakistan and China, such overtures are unlikely to make any affect.
Within the latest presidential elections, India and sure different western nations had been backing Gotabaya’s political rival Sajith Premadas, who was thought-about near India and the west.
In 2015, Indian secret company Analysis and Evaluation Wing (RAW) and the US Central Investigation Company (CIA) had been believed to have performed a central position in guaranteeing the defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksa, the brother of present Sri Lankan president.
India and sure western nations needed to oust Mahinda due to his pro-China insurance policies.
In the meantime, a press release issued by the Overseas Workplace mentioned the overseas minister formally handed over the invitation letters from President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan to the president and prime minister of Sri Lanka to go to Pakistan on the date and time handy to them.
Qureshi known as on Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, and Overseas Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, the assertion added.
FM additionally briefed his Sri Lankan counterpart on the dire scenario & human rights disaster in Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir. He mentioned that the 100 day plus lockdown remained a trigger of great concern for the worldwide neighborhood. #fminsrilanka pic.twitter.com/BttaHXjZDj
— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@DrMFaisal) December 2, 2019
FM calls on Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. Very optimistic interplay. Deepening and additional strengthening of bilateral relations mentioned. Political will on either side to take the connection to the subsequent stage. An exceptional day for Pakistan – Sri Lanka relations. #fminsrilanka pic.twitter.com/cMyRBOOd0G
— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@ForeignOfficePk) December 2, 2019
Through the conferences, the overseas minister highlighted the significance that Pakistan attaches to its relations with Sri Lanka, that are rooted in historical past and characterised by friendship and cordiality.
He underscored that the relations between the 2 nations are time-tested and have gained energy in all spheres and domains with the passage of time. He expressed confidence that underneath the present management of Sri Lanka, the abiding ties between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will attain new heights.
The overseas minister, whereas highlighting Pakistan’s efforts in direction of financial diplomacy, mentioned there exists immense potential and huge alternatives to boost bilateral commerce and investments, which might be additional useful for the 2 nations and peoples.
He mentioned it was a matter of immense pleasure that after the go to of Sri Lankan cricket staff to Pakistan, the worldwide cricket was returning to the nation. The folks of Pakistan are actually wanting ahead to the upcoming tour of Sri Lankan staff to play two take a look at matches in Rawalpindi and Karachi.
The Sri Lankan management expressed heat gratitude to the management and folks of Pakistan for extending felicitations and greatest needs to the brand new Authorities of Sri Lanka and emphasised that they appeared ahead to additional cementing the already robust and brotherly ties between the 2 nations.