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  • India, Sri Lanka decide to strengthen cooperation in combating terrorism, expand trade & investment ties

    Published on February 9, 2020

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has conveyed to the visiting Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa that New Delhi expects Colombo to fulfill expectations of Tamil People in Sri Lanka for equality justice, peace and respect. Mr. Modi said stability, security and prosperity in Sri Lanka is not only in India’s interest but also in the interest of the entire Indian Ocean Region. He was talking to media persons after holding talks with Mr. Rajapaksa in New Delhi yesterday.

    In their talks, the two Prime Ministers also decided to strengthen and deepen cooperation in combating terrorism. They also deliberated upon the entire gamut of bilateral relations and resolved to further boost trade and investment. Mr Modi said, India has been a trusted partner in Sri Lanka’s development and will continue to assist the country in its journey for peace and development. Prime Minister said, the new lines of credit announced last year will strengthen development cooperation between the two neighbours. Referring to the fishermen issue, Mr Modi said, both sides have decided to adopt a humanitarian approach in dealing with it.

    Mahinda Rajapaksa thanked Mr Modi for his priority to Neighbourhood First policy. He said, India is our closest neighbour and long-standing friend. The close historical links have provided solid foundation to our ties.

    Mr Rajapaksa is on a five-day visit to India. This is the first visit of Mr Rajapaksa abroad since he took over as Prime Minister.