ISLAMABAD, Feb 13 (APP): Pakistan President Dr Arif Alvi Wednesday conferred Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military) upon Chief of Defence Staff Sri Lankan Armed Forces Admiral Ravindra Chandrasiri Wijegunaratne in a special investiture ceremony held here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.
Speaking on the occasion, President Alvi underlined that future connectivity of Gwadar, Karachi, Colombo and Hambantota ports would ensure enhanced regional connectivity and unprecedented economic activities.
He also said Pakistan is home to the Buddhist civilization and heritage, and the government has taken a number of initiatives to promote cultural and tourism cooperation with Sri Lanka.
The President emphasized that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Sri Lanka which has stood the test of time.
He added that bilateral relations between the two countries has always been marked by mutual respect, understanding and close cooperation.
The President underscored that Pakistan considers Sri Lanka an important regional country, contributing significantly towards regional and global peace.
He stated that cooperation in the field of defense is an important aspect of Pakistan-Sri Lanka multi-faceted relationship.
The President highlighted that Pakistan has been a partner of Sri Lankan Armed Forces for enhancing their capacity by providing large number of places in its institutions.
He appreciated Sri Lankan Navy’s participation in AMAN-2019 with assets and observers.
Admiral Ravindra Chandrasiri Wijegunaratne thanked the President and the Government of Pakistan on being awarded with NI (M) and hoped that bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries will further grow.
(The featured image at the top shows Pakistan President Dr. Arif Alvi conferring Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military) upon Chief of Defence Staff Sri Lankan Armed Forces Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne)