ISLAMABAD: The Consular Service on Friday revealed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s two-day check out to Sri Lanka that has actually been struck by a dispute over the cancellation of his scheduled speech to the country’s parliament.
A declaration released by the Foreign Office claimed that Mr Khan would certainly check out Sri Lanka from Feb 23 to 24 on the invite of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. He would be gone along with on the journey by some government preachers as well as senior officials.
This will be Mr Khan’s initial check out to Sri Lanka after thinking the office of head of state.
Offering details of the premier’s program, the FO statement said that Mr Khan would certainly be satisfying President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and also Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa during the see.
Bilateral talks would certainly cover concerns of profession and financial investment, wellness and also education, agriculture as well as science as well as technology, defence and security, as well as culture and also tourist. Secret regional and international concerns would additionally be discussed, the FO said.
“Throughout the browse through, the reconstitution of the Sri Lanka-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Association will certainly be announced to further promote parliamentary exchanges in between the two countries,”the statement stated. Mr Khan will certainly additionally join a joint’ Trade
and Investment Seminar’. A variety of memorandums of understanding to boost bilateral participation will additionally be signed during the check out. Nonetheless, there was no reference of the speech to the Sri Lankan parliament. The Sri Lankan government, while cancelling the event, formally specified that this was being done as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, polite resources as well as Sri Lankan media state that it was done out of
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worries that Mr Khan might speak about the circumstance in occupied Kashmir, which might additionally damage Colombo’s currently struggling relationships with New Delhi. Another conjecture doing the rounds is that the Sri Lankan federal government is fretted that Mr Khan in his
speech could make a reference to the circumstances of Sri Lankan Muslims, that have actually been dealing with abuses and also discrimination in the Buddhist-dominated country. Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri at the once a week media instruction had actually said that the elements of the check out would be made a decision according to “the Covid-19-related health and safety methods”.