Pakistan and Sri Lanka agree to boost defence ties

Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Tuesday decided to enhance defence cooperation, the Ministry of Defence Production in Pakistan said.The understanding was reached when the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Pakistan, Maj. Gen (Retd) Jayanath Lokuketagodage met the Federal Minister of Defence Production (MoDP) Rana Tanveer Hussain. They exchanged views on matters of mutual interest and enhancing cooperation in defence production. Rana Tanveer Hussain also tried to resolve the issue of financial constraint on part of Sri Lanka, which is hindering Sri Lanka to buy heavy products from Pakistan .He, gave two solutions, usage of unspent credit line or some organizations may provide finance to Sri Lanka on soft terms.The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, Maj. Gen (Retd) Jayanath Lokuketagodage mentioned that Pakistan always helped Sri Lanka when there were lots of embargoes imposed on Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) “Pakistan has always proposed futuristic defence cooperation to Sri Lanka. As one of the largest suppliers of high-tech defence equipment, Pakistan played an important role in assisting Sri Lanka to defeat terrorism, “said Rana Tanveer Hussain. During the call on it was discussed that Pakistan has offered a lot to Sri Lanka in terms of defence products. The cooperation ranges from small arms to heavy weapons.

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