Indo-Lanka destinies interlinked

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aa6aa1The two Heads of States met at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi, where four agreements due to be made between the two countries had been discussed.

The bilateral agreement on civil nuclear cooperation is yet another demonstration of our mutual trust. This is the first such agreement Sri Lanka has signed and it opens new avenues for cooperation including areas like agriculture and healthcare
                             -Narendra Modi
 
 
We are pleased to be Sri Lanka’s largest trading partner . . .I expressed my support for a more balanced growth in trade in both directions and convey our readiness to promote greater flow of Indian investments and tourists to Sri Lanka
                             -Narendra Modi

“India is Sri Lanka’s closest neighbour and friend. The goodwill and support of the people of India will always be with you. . . I believe that our destinations are interlinked and our security and prosperity are indivisible,” PM Modi said making a statement at a joint media briefing held after the meeting.

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“The bilateral agreement on civil nuclear cooperation is yet another demonstration of our mutual trust. This is the first such agreement Sri Lanka has signed and it opens new avenues for cooperation including areas like agriculture and healthcare,” said Prime Minister Modi addressing the media at the joint media briefing held following the discussion.

PM Modi said the discussions on the bilateral relations and international issues between the two states were successful and expressed the commitment to unlock the vast potential of India’s economic cooperation.

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“We are pleased to be Sri Lanka’s largest trading partner . . .I expressed my support for a more balanced growth in trade in both directions and convey our readiness to promote greater flow of Indian investments and tourists to Sri Lanka,” he said.  Among the other agreements that were discussed were the expansion of cooperation in energy sector – both conventional and renewable -, improving air and sea connectivity and a programme of cultural cooperation.

The PM also announced that a decision has been made to reduce the fees from Sri Lankan pilgrims who visit Kapilawasthu.
While welcoming the progress made between the two countries on maritime security, he also commented on the fishermen issue that has raised issues between the two countries for the past few years.
“We agreed there must be a constructive and humanitarian approach to the issue and we will encourage the fishermen’s associations on both sides to meet again soon. They should find a solution that can be taken forward by both governments,” he added.

PM Modi also assured Sri Lanka of India’s commitment for its development partnership with India that would cover a broad range of areas including infrastructure and agricultural development and an MoU had been signed between the two States for agricultural cooperation.

Meanwhile, President Sirisena in his statement said the discussions with the PM were fruitful in which several good conclusions were made to strengthen the bilateral ties further and said Sri Lanka was eagerly waiting for PM Modi’s visit in March.  “It will be an honour and a blessing to our country,” he added.  He said that he was looking forward to strengthening the friendship between the two countries not only locally but also at international fora and said he expected India’s support and a development of the understanding between the two States.

President Sirisena arrived in India on Sunday on a four day visit and it is his first foreign trip since being elected.
The Sri Lankan President and the PM have also agreed to expand the defence and security cooperation. “We welcomed the progress in our maritime security cooperation, including in the trilateral format with Maldives,” Mr. Modi said.
Prime Minister Modi noted that the Indian assisted projects for Internally Displaced Persons in Sri Lanka have made excellent progress.

“This includes the Housing Project, under which more than 27,000 houses have already been constructed. President and I express satisfaction with the progress.”
The Indian Prime Minister has assured President Sirisena of India’s commitment to its development partnership with Sri Lanka.
“This will continue to cover a broad range of areas, including infrastructure. In this context, I am also pleased with the MoU on cooperation in agriculture,” he added.
They also agreed on encouraging the fishermen’s associations on both sides to meet again soon and find a solution that can be taken forward by both governments.
The two sides also signed an agreement on a Programme of Cultural Cooperation that “will nurture those ties and promote contacts between people.”

This includes the Housing Project, under which more than 27,000 houses have already been constructed. President and I express satisfaction with the progress…. Sri Lanka and its closet neighbour India have agreed to expand cooperation in a number of sectors including defence, energy, trade, investment, agriculture and healthcare.
 

The Prime Minister reiterated that he has accepted an invitation to visit Sri Lanka and looking forward to the visit in March
Ministers Mangala Samaraweera, Champika Ranawaka, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, D.M. Swaminathan, Governor of the Easter Province Austin Fernando, Secretary to the President P.B. Abeykoon are also accompanying the President during the visit.

President Maithripala Sirisena unveiled an Avalokitheswara Bodhisathwa statue yesterday afternoon at the Sri Lankan High Commission office complex in New Delhi.

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The Avalokitheswara Bodhisathwa statue dating back to 8th Century BC was found at Veragala in Anuradhapura.
This is a gold plated bronze statue and its feet situated in Lalithasana and Rajaleelasana postures. Bataliya Statue making school of Central Cultural Fund made this replica of the Bodhisathwa Statue and donated it to the Sri Lankan High Commission in India.  Sri Lanka and its closet neighbour India have agreed to expand cooperation in a number of sectors including defence, energy, trade, investment, agriculture and healthcare.

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