Pakistan ships to visit Sri Lanka on goodwill mission

Colombo, Jan 3 (IANS) Two Pakistan maritime security ships are to visit Sri Lanka this week on a goodwill mission, the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said on Tuesday.

The High Commission said that in a display of brotherly relationship between Islamabad and Colombo, Pakistan Maritime Security Ships (PMSS) HINGOL and BASOL will be arriving at Colombo Port for a four day port call on Thursday, Xinhua reported.

Pakistan Maritime ships frequently visit Sri Lanka. These calls are aimed at strengthening and augmenting the existing relationship between Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

During the call, Mission Commander Ashfaq Ali will pay a courtesy call on Commanders of Sri Lanka Navy, Coast Guard and Western Naval Area, the Pakistan High Commission said.

During their stay at Colombo, PMSS HINGOL and BASOL will take part in professional maritime drills with their Sri Lankan counterparts besides playing friendly basketball and volleyball matches.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka have strong maritime ties and engage in multifaceted cooperation.

–IANS

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