Need for greater cooperation between Sri Lanka, Pakistan urged

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APP71-08 KARACHI: February 08 - Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Pakistan Maj. Gen (Retd) Jayanath Lokuketagodage along with Consul General of Sri Lanka in Karachi, G.L. Gnanatheva lighting a lamp during a ceremony on the occasion of 70th Independence Day of Sri Lanka to inaugurate `Sri Lanka Food Festival 2018' on late Wednesday night. APP Photo by Syed Abbas Mehdi

KARACHI, Feb 08 (APP):Sri Lankan Ambassador to Pakistan Major General (Retd) Jayanath Lokuketogodoge and Consul General
in Karachi G.L. Gnanatheva have underlined the need for greater
cooperation between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in different sectors
through enhanced interaction at the government and people-to-people
level, including more trade and cultural delegations.
There is a big scope to increase bilateral trade and economic
cooperation, and to further strengthen seven decade old political
and cultural relations of the two countries, they said.
Sri Lankan envoys were speaking at three-day Sri Lanka Food
Festival-2018, inaugurated here at a hotel on late Wednesday
evening.
The event linked to 70th independence celebrations of Sri Lanka
was also graced with Lankan cultural dance and musical show.
Diplomats from various countries, and prominent business and
political personalities also attended the event.
The Ambassador said Sri Lanka-Pakistan relations spread over last
seven decades were characterised by a true spirit of mutual respect,
good understanding and excellent cooperation also in defence and
security matters. Pakistan’s assistance in fighting against terrorism
in Sri Lanka would always be appreciated by the people of Sri Lanka.
The two countries had possessed rich cultural heritage. Pakistan
and Sri Lanka shared many similarities on this account. However,
the cultural connectivity between our peoples should be developed
into greater cooperation, he said.
As a step in this direction, Sri Lankan embassy had decided to
celebrate the independence by providing the opportunity to the people
of Pakistan to taste authentic Sri Lankan cuisine and witnessing
the traditional and rich culture of the island at this food festival.
Being a rich in natural beauty, Sri Lankan tourism industry had
grown tremendously and their government had identified Pakistan as a
key market to promote tourism, he said.
The Consul General in Karachi said Sri Lanka had 1600 years of
written history, which embodied its rich culture, long traditions
and high values of human existence.
He said his country had long been renowned for its spices in the
history. In fifteen and sixteen centuries, spices and ivory traders
from all over the world visited Sri Lanka and brought their native
cuisine to the island; resulting in a rich diversity of cooking
styles and techniques. Portuguese, Dutch and British and Indian
cooking methods influenced Sri Lankan dishes today.
Sri Lankan made more use of spices in food because the country
had history of being a major spice producer and trader over several centuries. But, he continued, for the foreigners less spices were
used in the food.
The participants enjoyed the Sri Lanka food and the cultural
dances and traditional musical show, especially different kinds
of drum beats.