Written by Lahiru Fernando
26 Apr, 2017 | 7:36 pm
The Prime Minister’s Office said, both leaders, the Indian and Sri Lankan Prime Ministers, had reiterated their ongoing commitment to regional peace and security and to uphold ethics in Indian Ocean shipping.
A statement issued by the PMO notes that the Indian Prime Minister had pledged his fullest support to Sri Lanka’s hopes of becoming an economic, trade, social and financial hub in the Indian Ocean.
During the bilateral talks, Modi had also reportedly pledged his support to the programme undertaken by the coalition good governance government led by President Maithripala Sirisena, to create an empowered Sri Lanka.
The statement reads further that both leaders discussed the progress of projects being undertaken in Sri Lanka with Indian assistance.
A Memorandum of Understanding was also signed by Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Sri Lanka’s Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Malik Samarawickrama.
The MoU deals with Indian cooperation in numerous areas including the manufacturing of liquid natural gas, establishing solar power plants, developing the Trincomalee city and port economic zone, road development, renewing the railway service, cargo terminals, agricultural and livestock produce and water management.
A notable feature of this undertaking is that some projects will be implemented with trilateral cooperation between Sri Lanka, India and Japan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also hosted Ranil Wickremesinghe to a luncheon.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe also met with Congress Party Leader Sonia Gandhi.
Former Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh was also present during the meeting.
Premier Ranil Wickremsinghe held talks with Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on Wednesday, April 26. PM Wickremesinghe and a group of cabinet ministers arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday, April 25, night.
Following the talks with the Indian Foreign Minister, the premier met the Indian Minister of Transport Nitin Gadkari and was later called on by India’s opposition Congress Party leaders.
PM Wickremesinghe met his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in a meeting where the two premiers are expected to discuss bilateral issues such as the Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) and also discuss solutions to the issue regarding fishing in waters belonging to the two nations.
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