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

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

February 8, 2020 0 By Virendra Yadav

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.

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