KARACHI - Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Administrator Muhammad Hussain Syed and Mayer of Puttalam Abdul Bais have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) declaring Puttalam and Karachi as sister.

Under the MoU, efforts will be made to enhance cooperation between the citizens of Karachi and Puttalam and every possible help will be provided to them, whereas educational and medical departments of both cities will be affiliated and cultural delegations will be welcomed on both sides.

Information and resources will also be exchanged and in this connection visits of representative delegations from government and private sectors will also be arranged.

On the occasion, representatives of Sri Lankan delegation and high officials of KMC were also present. While Mayor of Puttalam said that Puttalam was a big and important city of district and had significant status in producing salt, coconut, dolphin and prawns and 95 percent of its population consisted of Muslims.

He said country’s big and famous mosques and the larger cement factory and coal power plant were also located in Puttalam.

He said various things were common between both cities and especially educational, medical and tourism sectors could avail each others’ experiments and new corridors developments could be opened.

Puttalam Mayor invited Pakistani brothers to visit Sri Lanka and assured them that they would feel at home.

Karachi Administrator Muhammad Hussain Syed said that mutual relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka existed since long and both countries were having bilateral cooperation in trade, economics, education, health, tourism and other sectors which should be enhanced more.

A Renowned tourist Ibn-e-Batoota had declared Puttalam as a combination of beauty and attraction of Arab and South Asian culture, he reminded.

He said that Sri Lanka was an important country of South Asia which had a long history and after overcoming unrest and terrorism had got significant status in tourism in the region and its municipal system and suburban areas were developing.

MoU of Sister cities could help in completing development projects of Karachi in better way and in this connection we could avail from the experiments of Puttalam Administration.

Afterwards Administrator Karachi accepted the invitation by Sri Lankan Mayor of visiting Sri Lanka and said that soon a delegation of KMC will visit Sri Lanka.­