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India Trusted Partner In Sri Lanka's Development Efforts: PM Modi After Meeting Mahinda Rajapaksa

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News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Victor Dasgupta | Updated on: 08 Feb 2020, 02:23:00 PM
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PM Modi With Sri Lankan Counterpart (Photo Credit: Twitter: PMO)

New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday held talks with his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa covering the entire expanse of bilateral ties between the two countries including in areas of defence and security. Mahinda Rajapaksa, elder brother of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, arrived here on Friday on a five-day visit, his first overseas tour after being appointed as prime minister of the island nation in November last year.

Officials said a range of key bilateral issues, including trade and investment, as well as defence and security figured in the talks between the two prime ministers. Earlier, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar called on the Sri Lankan prime minister.

Mahinda Rajapaksa served as the country’s president from 2005-2015, becoming one of the longest-serving leaders in South Asia. He was also prime minister for a brief period in 2018. His tenure as president saw China expanding its footprints in the Indian Ocean island nation, triggering concerns in India.

However, ties between the two countries have been on an upswing in the last four years. President Gotabaya Rajpaksa visited India in November in his first official overseas trip after taking charge of the top office.  Both sides resolved to further deepen bilateral defence and security ties during the Sri Lankan president’s visit.

After his official engagement in Delhi, Mahinda Rajapaksa will travel to Varanasi, Sarnath, Bodh Gaya and Tirupati. In the morning, the Sri Lankan prime minister was given a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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I am confident that the Sri Lankan government will realize the expectations of the Tamil people for equality, justice, peace, and respect within United Sri Lanka: PM Modi.

India has been a trusted partner in Sri Lanka's development efforts. The new Lines of Credit announced last year will give more strength to our development cooperation: PM Modi.

In today's conversation we discussed Joint Economic Projects in Sri Lanka, and also on enhancing mutual economic, business, and investment relationships. We increase our people-to-people connectivity, encourage tourism, and improve connectivity. Also discussed: PM Modi.

Terrorism is a major danger in our region. We both countries have fought this problem firmly. There were painful and barbaric terrorist attacks on "Easter Day" in Sri Lanka in April last year. These attacks were not only a blow to Sri Lanka, but also to humanity as a whole: PM Modi.

Whether it is security or economy or social progress, our past and our future are connected with each other in every region. Stability, security and prosperity in Sri Lanka is in India's interest, but also in the interest of the entire Indian Ocean region: PM Modi

First of all, I heartily congratulate my friend Mahind Rajapaksha for becoming the Prime Minister. Immediately after assuming office he accepted my invitation and chose India for his first foreign tour. I am grateful to him for this: PM Modi

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First Published : 08 Feb 2020, 02:08:54 PM