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PM Modi holds talks with Sri Lankan counterpart, says India, Lanka fought terrorism firmly

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In a joint statement, PM Narendra Modi said that terrorism is a major threat in our region and both Sri Lanka and India have fought this problem firmly.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held delegation-level talks with his Sri Lanka counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is currently on a five-day visit to India, in Delhi on Saturday.

In a joint statement, PM Narendra Modi said that terrorism is a major threat in our region and both Sri Lanka and India 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 said in a joint statement.

PM Modi said that in today’s conversation he and his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa discussed ‘Joint Economic Projects’ in Sri Lanka, and also on enhancing mutual economic, trade, and investment relations.

“We also discussed about increasing our people-to-people connectivity, encourage tourism, and improving connectivity,” Prime Minister Modi said.

India has been a trusted contributor in the development efforts of Sri Lanka. The new lines of credit announced last year will give more strength to our development cooperation, PM Modi added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in November last year announced a financial assistance of $450 million to Sri Lanka including $50 million to fight terrorism after he had held “fruitful” talks with the island nation’s newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

PM Modi announced a line of credit of $400 million for development projects in Sri Lanka besides granting a separate fund of $50 million to help the country deal with challenges of terrorism.

Earlier this morning, Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa was given a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar called on the visiting dignitary and termed Sri Lanka as a partner in development, progress, and security.

Rajapaksa arrived in Delhi on Friday.

A delegation of Congress Party led by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi met the Sri Lankan Prime Minister on the same day.

The visiting dignitary is further scheduled to call on President Ram Nath Kovind later in the evening.

Rajapaksa will leave for Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday where he will visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Sarnath Buddhist Temple. Security has been beefed up in Varanasi ahead of Rajapaksa’s visit.

On the morning of February 10, Rajapaksa will emplane for Bodh Gaya in Bihar — where he will visit Mahabodhi Temple and Bodh Gaya Centre — and later in the day to Tirupati, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

Source: India Today

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