Islamabad, 18 March 2022 (TDI): Pakistan High Commission in Sri Lanka wished all Sri Lankan officers from various departments who have been selected for executive training in Pakistan. They were given an orientation today and sent out with best wishes.

The High Commission organized the orientation of high-ranking Sri Lankan bureaucrats in Pakistan at Pakistani High Commission Sri Lanka. During the meeting, the High Commissioner said that the visit will give an excellent opportunity to Sri Lankan officers to gain knowledge about Pakistan’s civil service structure.

Pakistan-Sri Lanka Ties

Pakistan and Sri Lanka have a strong friendship based on common cultural links, diplomatic cooperation, and security cooperation. Military cooperation and defense ties are the bedrock of bilateral relations. 

In 2009, Pakistan increased its support for Sri Lankan defense forces, which played a critical role in the Sri Lankan government’s fight against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

When the Tamil Tiger rebels were set to recapture their former city of Jaffna in May 2000, Pakistan provided the Sri Lankan government with millions of dollars in desperately needed weapons.

Pakistan’s premier defense universities also provide military training facilities for Sri Lankan military troops. Another key part of the ties is trading relations. 

Pakistan has volunteered to train Sri Lankan police and State Intelligence Service (SIS) officers in addition to traditional military support. The two countries have friendly relations, with close military training collaboration during the Sri Lankan civil war’s final stages.

It has also contributed military weapons and systems to Sri Lanka in its civil war with the LTTE throughout the years. Sri Lanka was the first country to reach an agreement with Pakistan on free trade.

Islamabad and Colombo’s economic and defense ties have grown in recent years. Both the countries look forward to strengthening the strong relationship.