New Delhi, 21 July (Hindustan Times). Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday. During this, he apprised them of India’s security concerns and urged them to fulfill the country’s commitment towards Sri Lankan Tamils.
Sri Lankan President Wickremesinghe arrived in New Delhi on Thursday on a two-day official visit to India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed him at Hyderabad House on Friday morning. Here both the leaders held bilateral and delegation level talks. During this, several agreements were signed in the presence of both the leaders. India, Sri Lanka exchanged MoU on renewable energy, economic development of projects in Trincomalee district and UPI usage.
After the bilateral talks, the two leaders made a joint statement. During this, the Prime Minister raised the issue of Sri Lankan Tamils. He hoped that the Sri Lankan government would fulfill the aspirations of the Tamils. Will drive the process of rebuilding for equality, justice and peace. At the same time, he called upon to look at the issue of fishermen from a human perspective.
The Prime Minister said that the security and development interests of India and Sri Lanka are intertwined. The Sri Lankan government should take care of India’s sensitivities on these issues. He said that Sri Lanka has an important place in both India’s ‘neighbourhood first’ policy and ‘SAGAR’ vision. In this regard today we shared views on bilateral, regional and international issues. The Prime Minister reiterated on behalf of India that as a close friend, India has always stood shoulder to shoulder with the people of Sri Lanka in times of crisis.
The Prime Minister informed that both the countries have adopted a vision document today. This vision will strengthen cooperation between the two countries in the fields of maritime, air, energy and connectivity. The vision is related to accelerating mutual cooperation in tourism, power, commerce, higher education and skill development. This theme also includes India’s long-term commitment to Sri Lanka.
He informed that to increase the travel of business and people, we have decided to start passenger ferry services between Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu and Kankesanthurai in Sri Lanka. India will speed up the power grid work with Sri Lanka. Both the countries will work with Sri Lanka on the feasibility of a land bridge, oil pipeline.