Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday that Kashmir is the only dispute between India and Pakistan, adding that it can only be resolved through dialogue.
The Prime Minister made the remarks during his speech at the Pakistan-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Conference in Colombo, which he co-chaired with his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The conference was organized in an attempt to explore ways of cooperation in various fields between the two countries.
The Prime Minister, who is in Colombo on a two-day official visit, said that political stability in the region – by maintaining good relations with neighboring countries – ensured a business-friendly environment that led to the overall development of the people.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said he offered the Indian government the opportunity to hold peace talks with Pakistan after its election, but nothing came out of it, adding that “our only dispute is over Kashmir and can only be resolved through dialogue.”
He stressed the importance of the peaceful resolution of differences, saying, “We want to resolve all differences in the Indian subcontinent through dialogue.”
The Prime Minister said that Pakistan can play a role in bridging the gap between China and the United States.
“Terrorism has affected both Pakistan and Sri Lanka and the provinces in the region can end poverty through the establishment of trade relations.”
He also suggested forming an EU-style bloc to boost trade.
The Prime Minister said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka could explore the idea of generating wealth through joint business activities and transferring wealth to alleviate poverty.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has offered Sri Lankan businessmen to explore the tremendous opportunities that the Pakistani government provides in the form of facilitating doing business.
The conference, which is currently being held in the capital of the island country, was attended by investors and businessmen from both countries.
With the conclusion of the FTA, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said, Pakistan and Sri Lanka could exploit the enhanced trade potential.
In line with the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan, he said that Pakistan ensures the ease of doing business, especially in the housing and real estate sectors to boost growth.
“We want to make Pakistan an economic center with an emphasis on peace, development and activity,” he said, adding that the economic corridor between China and Pakistan would lead to the prosperity of the entire region.
He called on Sri Lankan businessmen to explore and take advantage of the business opportunities provided by the Pakistani government.
Trade Minister Abdul Razzaq Dawood said that the current volume of trade between Pakistan and Sri Lanka does not commend their friendly relations, and therefore needs a push in their bilateral economic strategies.
Sri Lankan Minister of State for Trade said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka could join hands to bridge the resource gap while observing the friendly relations between them.
He suggested joint cooperation between the industries of the two countries, as well as participation at the individual level in the field of education and health.
He praised the change of focus in Pakistan from the geostrategic level to the geographical economy, adding that Sri Lanka is ready to cooperate for the South-South partnership in areas including medicines.
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