Sharif heads on charm Lanka mission


Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s three-day visit to Sri Lanka, beginning on January 4, is expected to upscale economic relations between the two countries and boost cooperation in combating terrorism.

The visit of Mr Sharif to Colombo comes at a time when India’s relations with Sri Lanka have been galvanized by a spate of two-way high-profile visits between the two countries.

Besides holding talks with Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena, Mr Sharif is expected to engage a broad spectrum of the country’s political establishment and civil society, including parliamentarians, ministers, religious leaders and businessmen.

The two countries are likely to sign agreements in diverse sectors, including health, science and technology, trade, statistics, gems and jewellery, culture, money laundering and terrorism financing. Business pacts, including some on deep-sea fishing, cement, power, education and food, are also likely to be sealed.

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