Written by Staff Writer
15 Sep, 2015 | 6:51 pm
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who is on an official visit to India, called on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, September 15.
Visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, met with his Indian counterpart on Tuesday morning in New Delhi. The bilateral meeting began at 11.30 a.m. local time and lasted for nearly a half an hour.
Subsequent to the meeting, four bi-lateral agreements were exchanged between India and SL. The first agreement was on –Orbit frequency coordination of satellite for SAARC region, proposed at 48 degrees.
The second agreement was on the provision of medical equipment to a 200-bed ward complex at the Vavuniya district General Hospital. The third agreement was on Indian Grant Assistance for implementation of small development projects through local bodies, non governmental organisations, charitable trusts and education and vocational institutions.
The fourth was on grant assistance from India towards setting up of, and operation of, emergency ambulance service in Sri Lanka. Subsequently, both the Indian and Sri Lankan prime ministers addressed the media.
Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi stated that Sri Lanka had voted twice for change, reforms, reconciliation and progress. There can be no stronger statement of Sri Lanka’s democratic tradition and that a clear sign is visible that the country is marching towards a peaceful, inclusive and prosperous future, he stated.
He went on to note that the leadership of Sri Lanka, along with the support of the people the country, will achieve genuine reconciliation and development so that all Sri Lankan communities, including the Tamil community, could live a life of equality, justice, peace and justice.
He added that significant developments in bilateral relations since March, including the currency swap arrangement will be arranged. He stated that both countries want deeper economic engagement. They would like to see their trade grow and become more balanced for Sri Lanka.
He further stated that the matter on the fishermen were also discussed as they agreed that all fishermen associations, on both sides, should continue efforts to find a solution.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that they have a government which consists of two leading parties who have so far contended for power as they work together to create a policy framework, and agreement on unity and reconciliation.
He went on to note that they are looking at how power-sharing and devolution would takes place within the constitution, within a unitary state as there’s still scope are much more to be done.
He added that “peace and stability in the region is the key to our success. Whenever there is stability in the Indian Ocean, India and Sri Lanka prosper. and when there is instability they get affected.”
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