Sri Lanka desires to enhance ties with Pakistan
KARACHI:Sri Lankan Ambassador to Pakistan Major General (Retd) Jayanath Lokuketogodoge and Consul General in Karachi G.L. Gnanatheva have underlined the need for greater cooperation between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in different sectors through enhanced interaction at the government and people-to-people level, including more trade and cultural delegations.
There is a big scope to increase bilateral trade and economic cooperation, and to further strengthen seven decade old political and cultural relations of the two countries, they said. Sri Lankan envoys were speaking at three-day Sri Lanka Food Festival-2018, inaugurated here at a hotel on late Wednesday evening.
The event linked to 70th independence celebrations of Sri Lanka was also graced with Lankan cultural dance and musical show.
Diplomats from various countries, and prominent business and political personalities also attended the event.
The Ambassador said Sri Lanka-Pakistan relations spread over last seven decades were characterised by a true spirit of mutual respect, good understanding and excellent cooperation also in defence and security matters. Pakistan's assistance in fighting against terrorism in Sri Lanka would always be appreciated by the people of Sri Lanka.
The two countries had possessed rich cultural heritage. Pakistan and Sri Lanka shared many similarities on this account. However, the cultural connectivity between our peoples should be developed into greater cooperation, he said.
As a step in this direction, Sri Lankan embassy had decided to celebrate the independence by providing the opportunity to the people of Pakistan to taste authentic Sri Lankan cuisine and witnessing the traditional and rich culture of the island at this food festival.
Being a rich in natural beauty, Sri Lankan tourism industry had grown tremendously and their government had identified Pakistan as a key market to promote tourism, he said.
The Consul General in Karachi said Sri Lanka had 1600 years of written history, which embodied its rich culture, long traditions and high values of human existence.
He said his country had long been renowned for its spices in the history. In fifteen and sixteen centuries, spices and ivory traders from all over the world visited Sri Lanka and brought their native cuisine to the island; resulting in a rich diversity of cooking styles and techniques. Portuguese, Dutch and British and Indian cooking methods influenced Sri Lankan dishes today.
Sri Lankan made more use of spices in food because the country had history of being a major spice producer and trader over several centuries. But, he continued, for the foreigners less spices were used in the food.
The participants enjoyed the Sri Lanka food and the cultural dances and traditional musical show, especially different kinds of drum beats. APP/AFP