Modi visit: Cooperation in national & regional defence discussed

In discussions held with visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has discussed continued bilateral cooperation in national and regional security, Indian investments, tourism and other areas.

In an update posted on his official Facebook page today, Premier Wickremesinghe thanked his Indian counterpart for his short visit and highlighted the key areas of discussion between the two leaders.

Among the matters discussed, according to Wickremesinghe’s statement, was the strengthening of regional security by reviving tri-lateral talks between Sri Lanka, India and the Maldives. He has also requested India to work closely with Sri Lanka’s security forces, providing them with counter-terrorism training and logistical support.

Wickremesinghe has also assured Modi that Indo-Lanka projects currently facing delays will be expedited.

“A further series of joint initiatives between our two nations is being planned to ensure continued economic cooperation. The development of the Jaffna and Batticaloa airports as regional airports was also discussed,” he said.

Striking a hopeful note, Wickremesinghe said Modi’s visit, together with the lifting of travel advisories issued by countries including India, the UK, France and China will serve as a boost to the tourism sector.

“I thank Prime Minister Modi for visiting Sri Lanka yesterday. His continual show of support towards our country will serve to strengthen confidence and encourage more people to visit our nation,” he said.

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