COLOMBO (INP) - A 10-member team of officers from the Pakistan Army Engineering Corps is currently visiting Sri Lanka on the invitation of the Sri Lankan Army. The de-mining team, led by Colonel Zaafir Nisar, will be staying in Sri Lanka till October 28. The purpose of this friendly visit by the Pakistani de-mining team is to share experiences for mutual benefit of the departments concerned. The team will be visiting Mullativu and Madu de-mining sites. During the visit of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani in January, it was mutually decided to send a team of qualified engineers from Pakistan having experience of de-mining that may provide impetus to efforts of the Sri Lanka Army for clearing the identified locations. The team will also be visiting Kandy, Galle, Hambantota and Sigiriya. Since independence, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have consistently maintained close, cordial and mutually supportive relations, especially in the field of defence. Pakistan and Sri Lanka have comprehensive and mutually beneficial training collaboration in the field of defence. Over a period of time, a strong bond of commitment and mutual understanding has been reached between both the friendly armed forces. In future too, both the brotherly countries are expected to work more closely in the field of defence to boost peace efforts in the region. This visit is expected to further enhance defence cooperation and friendly relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.