A visiting Pakistani parliamentary delegation, at a meeting with Sri Lankan speaker Chamal Rajapaksa yesterday (Sept. 13), has emphasized that the government and people of Pakistan greatly value relations with Sri Lanka. Led by Dr Nafisa Shah, member of the National Assembly, they are in Colombo to participate in the 58th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference, APP reports. Dr. Shah appreciated the Sri Lankan government’s success on eliminating the menace of terrorism which resulted in bringing back normalcy to the country. She said Pakistan and Sri Lanka enjoy commonality of views on regional and international issues and coordinate their positions at all forums including United Nations and SAARC. She underscored the need for enhanced exchange of Parliamentary delegations between the two countries to promote people-to-people contacts, and emphasized the need for further strengthening the linkages between women parliamentarians of Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Speaker Rajapaksa underscored the importance that Sri Lanka attaches to the special bonds of affinity that exist between the two countries, based on the rich historical and cultural interactions as well as the shared aspirations of people for peace, progress and prosperity.]]>

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