8:24 AM

Foreign Minister invites Pakistan Prime Minister to attend SAARC Summit

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama arrived in Pakistan on 2nd July to invite the Prime Minister of Pakistan on behalf of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to attend the 15th SAARC Summit in Colombo. The Minister handed over the invitations to the Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousuf Raza Gilani , and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

The Pakistan Prime Minister underlined the need for the Colombo Summit to focus on global issues such as energy and food crises which have severely affected the region and called for a comprehensive action plan to address them effectively. The Prime Minister said that he is looking forward to a very useful engagement in SAARC under the leadership of Sri Lanka.

The meeting between the two Foreign Ministers focused on a range of issues on SAARC and bilateral cooperation. Minister Bogollagama also paid a courtesy call on the President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf.

Foreign Minister Bogollagama has already handed over the invitations from President Rajapaksa to the SAARC Heads of State of Government of India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. With his visit to the Maldives on 10th July, the Foreign Minister's customary visits to SAARC capitals for this purpose will be completed.