General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan Army, currently in Sri Lanka at the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart, during a courtesy call on HE the President Maithripala Sirisena Monday (8) morning at the Presidential Secretariat, gifted the President with a replica of the world’s oldest gun as a souvenir of goodwill, excellent relations and close cooperation that exists between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Mr P.B Abeykoon, Secretary to the President, Mr B.M.U.D Basnayake, Secretary to Ministry of Defence, Major General (Retd) Syed Shakeel Hussain, High Commissioner for Pakistan in Sri Lanka, the visiting Pakistan Army Chief’s host, Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva, Commander of the Army and Major General N.J Walgama, Liaison Officer, were also present during the meeting with the President.
President Sirisena during his brief interaction with the visiting Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan Army, recalled landmark ties and relations that continue to foster between both countries and underlined the need for further enhancement of such cooperation and understanding in the future too since both nations are close neighbours in the South Asian region.
Towards the end of cordial exchange of views, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff presented a replica of the world’s oldest gun as a symbolic souvenir of ever-growing goodwill and understanding between both countries.
The delegation from Pakistan who attended the meeting comprised Major General Azhar Abbas, Colonel Muhammad Qasim and Captain Umer Sajjad of the Pakistan Army.
The visiting Army Chief is expected to call on Prime Minister, Ranil Wickramasinghe, State Minister of Defence, Mr Ruwan Wijewardane, Secretary Defence, Mr B.M.U.D Basnayake within next few hours before he leaves for Pakistan tomorrow (9). (See related stories in Highlights below)