By Special Correspondent
Colombo: In connection with the celebrations of 81st National Day, the High Commission of Pakistan, Colombo hosted a reception at Kings Bury Hotel, on March 23, 2021.
Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Mahindananda Aluthgame graced the occasion, as chief guest and many other Ministers, Parliamentarians, members of Diplomatic Corps, participants from intelligentsia and all walks of life attended in the reception.
In his welcome remarks, High Commissioner of Pakistan, Maj. Gen. (R) Mr. Muhammad Saad Khattak elaborated that the foundation of strong brotherhood between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was laid in 1948 when the former Prime Minister of then “Ceylon”, Hon. D.S. Senenayake, visited Pakistan. He said the relationship between our two peoples has existed for over two thousand years. These relations are further cemented by the commonality of eternal values of universal peace and love, espoused both by Buddhism and Islam.
While talking about regional security situation, the High Commissioner explained that, despite provocation, Pakistan has demonstrated prudence and extreme restraint as a responsible state. He also said that Pakistan supports peaceful resolution of all bilateral and regional disputes through meaningful negotiations and mediation. He also appreciated Government of Sri Lanka’s support for promotion of peace and harmony in South Asia.
Maj. Gen. (R) Mr. Muhammad Saad Khattak announced that the Government of Pakistan, through its High Commission, will be awarding 1000 scholarships to the Sri Lankan students in diverse fields. He added that modalities are being discussed with concerned authorities to establish a world-class high-tech university in Sri Lanka under the auspices of COMSATS.
During his address, Chief Guest, Mr. Mahindananda Aluthgame paid a rich tribute to the Government and people of Pakistan for always being supportive to Sri Lanka in the time of need. He recalled the robust relations between the two countries and said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka have always maintained close, cordial and mutually supportive relations which are broad-based and multifaceted.
On the occasion, a Pakistan National Day cake was jointly cut by the High Commissioner and Chief Guest.