Pakistan assures Sri Lanka of its support on human rights
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has assured support for Sri Lanka during the upcoming UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in March should a third resolution be presented by the US on the island's sketchy human rights record, a statement said.
Sharif said Pakistan and Sri Lanka enjoyed excellent relations and there was strong political will on both sides to further develop and promote the bilateral relations. "Pakistan's prime minister assured continued support to Sri Lanka at international forums," Xinhua quoted the statement released by the Pakistan high commission in Colombo as saying. Sharif had made these statements when he met Sri Lanka's Irrigation and Water Management Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva who is visiting Pakistan as special envoy of the president of Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan government has been sending high-level cabinet ministers to different countries to drum up support ahead of the UNHRC sessions in Geneva in March. The prime minister also extended an invitation to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa to visit Pakistan. De Silva reciprocated the warm greetings of Sharif and said that the relations between the two countries would further get enhanced due to the keen interest of both the Pakistani and Sri Lankan leadership.