Islamabad- Pakistan and Sri Lanka have agreed to enhance bilateral trade upto one billion dollar per annum, besides increasing cooperation in various fields.

This was stated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, while addressing a joint news conference after holding talks today.

Nawaz Sharif said both the countries signed six agreements with an objective to enhance mutual cooperation in the fields of sports, shipping, tourism, economic development, anti-narcoticis and disaster management. He said these agreements will pave way for further expanding bilateral ties.

The Prime Minister said both the countries have similar view on almost all regional and international issues. The Prime Minister said we also discussed cooperation in the field of defence, besides other sectors.

In his remarks Sri Lankan President said his country intends to further increase trade volume with Pakistan, besides intensifying mutual cooperation for the benefit of our peoples. He said we need to further enhance people to people contact and joint research activities in various fields with Pakistan. He invited PIA to resume its flights for Colombo.

The Sri Lankan President expressed profound gratitude to Pakistan, for extending support to eliminate terrorism from his country. He invited Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to visit Colombo, for further cementing Pak Sri Lanka relations.