Commissioner of Pakistan to Sri Lanka, Major General (R) Muhammad Saad Khattak
accompanied by his wife, Ms. Saeeda Saad and Press Attaché Ms. Kalsoom Qaiser
visited the Hambantota International Port on December,10, according to Sri
Lankan press reports.
They were welcomed
by Ray Ren, CEO of Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG). The Chief
Operating officer of the Hambantotal port briefed the Pakistani officials on
various aspects of the port operations and developments in the port.
The visit by the
Pakistani officials assumes significance since the port is owned by a Chinese
company and the concerned official was a senior officer of the Pakistani army
till a few years ago.
Close relation between Sri Lanka and Pakistan is over fifty years old
relatations between Sri Lanka and Pakistan is over fifty years old when
Pakistani military aircrafts on their mission to save their rule in East bengal
(now Bangladesh) was given refuelling facilities at Colombo airport. Pakistani
military planes had to take a circuitous route along the Indian coast to reach
Dhaka as India denied permission to overfly through its territory.