MAMOSA Report — A diplomatic reception on Tuesday was arranged in the evening on board visiting Pakistan Navy ships NASR and SAIF which are in Sri Lanka capital Colombo on a 4 day visit, reflective of strong multifaceted relationship and engagement between the two brotherly countries.
The reception was attended by a large number of guests which included Sri Lankan ministers, diplomats, senior officers of armed forces, government officials, business and media personalities, members of Pakistani community, as well as officers of the High Commission of Pakistan, says a press release.
While welcoming the guests on behalf of entire crew members of the ships, Mission Commander, Commodore Zaka Ur Rehman thanked the Sri Lankan Navy and the people of Sri Lanka for the warm welcome and hospitality extended to Pakistani naval ships, APP reported.
He said strategic location, as well as the economic health of the country, was indicative of Sri Lanka’s potential to become a hub of global maritime trade.
Later on, a cake commemorating Pakistan-Sri Lanka friendship was jointly cut by the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Harsha De Silva, State Minister for Defense Ruwan Wijewardene, High Commissioner of Pakistan Maj Gen. (r) Syed Shakeel Hussain, Sri Lankan Naval Commander Vice Admiral R C Wijegunaratne and mission commander of Pakistan ships.
During their stay at Colombo, the officers and men of Pakistan navy will take part in various professional and sports activities with Sri Lankan navy.
Pakistan Navy Ship (PNS) SAIF is a SWORD class F22P Frigates of Chinese origin. It is equipped with state of the art weapons, sensors and machinery, making it capable of undertaking a variety of maritime operations while PNS NASR is a leading unit of Pakistani Navy Fleet’s 9th Auxiliary and Mine Warfare Squadron.
Both ships have taken part in a large number of the multinational exercises and PNS NASR has also extensively participated in tsunami relief operations in 2004.
The two Pakistani ships are scheduled to depart from the Colombo Harbor on 15th of this month.
Sri Lanka was one of the 37 countries which participated in the International Naval Exercise ‘Aman 2017’ held in Pakistan. The maritime exercise was organized by the Pakistan Navy.