In order to further strengthen bilateral relations, President Dr. Arif Alvi called for further expanding bilateral economic, commercial, and cultural cooperation with Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea on Friday. The president shared these opinions with the departing Sri Lankan High Commissioner, Vice Admiral (r) Mohan Wijewickrama, and the departing Republic of Korea Ambassador, Suh Sangpyo, during their separate calls to him at Aiwan-e-Sadr. The president expressed Pakistan’s great regard for its multifaceted connection with Korea, which included partnerships in a number of areas including politics, economics, science, culture, and people-to-people contacts, in his conversation with the departing Korean ambassador. He emphasized that Pakistan was open to trade and investment from all of its allies and partners, and that it would particularly welcome Korean participation across a range of industries. He said Pakistan wished to work more closely with Korea, especially in the fields of agriculture and information technology. The president urged the promotion of cultural ties with Korea and said that Pakistan has some of the world’s most unique climbing and religious tourism destinations, and that it would welcome Korean visitors to its Buddhist monuments.
He noted that Pakistan was the location of the Gandhara Civilization and some of the holiest Buddhist treasures, which may be a draw for Korean visitors. Speaking to the departing Sri Lankan High Commissioner, the President said that Sri Lanka was Pakistan’s second-largest commercial partner in South Asia and that Pakistan placed great value on its friendship and cooperation connections with that country. In accordance with the Pak-Sri Lanka Free commercial Agreement, he said, Pakistan intended to deepen its economic cooperation and commercial ties with Sri Lanka.
He said that in order to combat poverty and advance peace, economic growth, and development for the sake of the whole region, both nations should look into measures to revitalize SAARC. at addition, he remembered how Sri Lanka and Pakistan had supported one another at UN and other international fora, and he expressed the hope that this cooperation would continue there.
The president recognized the departed envoys’ contributions to enhancing bilateral ties with Pakistan in all areas of shared interest.