Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka next week.
Following the CHOGM summit in Colombo during November15-17, Sharif will visit Thailand to participate in the “Connect Asia Pacific Summit” being held in Bangkok on November 18.
Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani will represent Pakistan in the ministerial level meeting to be held in Colombo before the summit.
According to the Foreign Office the chairman of Pakistan’s Board of Investment will attend a meeting of the Commonwealth Business Forum to be held in Colombo.
On the sidelines of CHOGM , Sharif will hold bilateral meetings with some heads of states, including the President of Sri Lanka.
It is still not certain whether Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will attend the summit.
While in Thailand, Sharif will also undertake a bilateral official visit after the Connect Asia Pacific Summit, which will be attended by leaders of Mongolia, Rwanda, New Zealand, Cambodia and Togo.
Sharif’s visit, which follows a trip to Pakistan by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in August, reflects the closeness of bilateral relations and a desire on part of the leadership of two countries to take these ties to new heights, the Foreign Office said.
During their meeting in Bangkok, the premiers of Pakistan and Thailand will review progress on decisions made during their meeting in Islamabad in August.(Indian Express)