Defence coop to figure high in talks during Zardari`s SL visit

Zardari will be the first head of state to call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa after he was sworn in for his second term of office.

Last Updated: Nov 21, 2010, 20:57 PM IST

Colombo: Defence and economic cooperation
between the two countries will be the key subjects of
discussion when Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari makes his
maiden visit to Sri Lanka later this week.

Zardari will be the first head of state to call on
President Mahinda Rajapaksa after he was sworn in for his
second term of office last Friday.

The President of the Maldives and the prime minister
of Bhutan attended the swearing in ceremony.

Local newspaper reports said the Pakistani
delegation will include Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar and
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

One of the key subjects to be discussed will be the
proposed defence cooperation agreement between the two
countries, the Sunday Times independent weekly said.

After China, Pakistan was the second largest supplier
of military hardware to Sri Lanka and also provides training
for the Sri Lankan military.

Sri Lanka also plans to re-organise the Board of
Investment, country`s main investment regulatory body, based
on the Pakistani model.

Trade and business delegations will also be part of
the official delegation to discuss economic cooperation.

PTI