Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has called for wide-ranging measures to further strengthen the Pakistan-Sri Lanka relations.

Talking to Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister GL Peiris here, Gilani noted the Joint Economic Commission meeting was being held after a gap of six years, and stressed that regular meetings were needed for further expansion of the trade and commercial relations.

The Prime Minister said that a meeting has been scheduled in August in Colombo to move ahead on the negotiations on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between the two countries. 

He said there was a need for the two countries to cooperate with each other in education, and training of nurses and teachers, reported a new agency.

He said collaboration in sectors like cement, sugar, pharmaceuticals, gems and jewellery would add a deeper dimension to their relationship.

Gilani said both Pakistan and Sri Lanka have been victims of terrorism and remain committed to counter this threat till its elimination.

(Agencies)