Colombo, November 23 (newsin.asia): The High Commissioner of Pakistan Major General (R) Umar Farooq Burki started on his maiden visit to the Northern Province from Puttalam where he distributed desktop computers to two schools and sewing machines for deserving women.
The distribution is part of the outreach program of the Government of Pakistan meant to strengthen Pakistan-Sri Lanka bilateral relations.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka share long shared cultural, diplomatic and defense relations since their independence in 1948 and 1947 respectively. Through the Gandhara civilization in Pakistan, the mutual relationships dates back to 3000 BC.
This importance and long-standing relationship between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was explained by Major General (R) Burki during his courtesy calls on the Most Venerable Chief Incumbent Etalewatunawewe Gnathilake, Mirisavetiya Stupa, Atamasthanadhipathi Most Venerable Pallegama Hemarathana Thero, Sri Maha Bodhi and Most Venerable Chief Incumbent Kallanchiye Rathanasiri Thero, Abhayagiriya Temple in Anuradhapura, the second place of visit.
The Venerable Chief Monks of Anuradhapura and the Chief Incumbent Dr. Rev. W. Dhammarathana Thera, Rajamaha Viharaya Mihintele were more than happy to meet the High Commissioner and appreciated all the efforts of Government of Pakistan to help Sri Lanka in times of war and peace.
Long discussion took places between the envoy and the Venerable Chief Monks of Anuradhapura and Minhitale encompassing a wide range of topics of mutual bilateral interest focusing mainly on cooperation for the benefit of Sri Lankan youth and people through educational and cultural exchange.