Published: Tue, June 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

PM Modi stresses on close economic & strategic cooperation between India, Sri Lanka

PM Modi stresses on close economic & strategic cooperation between India, Sri Lanka

During the discussion that ensued between both state leaders, Mr. Sirisena had expressed hope that this visit would benefit the economic, trade, and tourism sectors which have been badly hit since the Easter Sunday bombings. "I also requested that India work closely with Sri Lanka's security forces, providing them with counter-terrorism training and logistical support", Wickremesinghe said today. He will arrive at Tirupati from Sri Lanka at 6 pm.

One of the reasons why Modi did not visit Maldives during his first term, despite a pronounced Neighbourhood First policy, was the presence of Yameen, who made all attempts to play India against China.

PM Modi chose to visit the island nation after receiving an invitation from Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena.

Prime Minister Modi also appreciated President Sirisena's programmes to fulfil duties towards all communities, it added. "Cowardly acts of terror can not defeat the spirit of Sri Lanka".

Modi's visit to the Maldives was his first foreign visit since the Indian leader won the recently held parliamentary elections.

Modi's visits to the Maldives and Sri Lanka "will demonstrate the priority India attaches to its "SAGAR Doctrine", which refers to Security And Growth for All in the Region - a coinage of 2015 by the Modi government aiming to keep the Indian Ocean region 'peaceful and secure".

In both Male and Colombo, Prime Minister Modi made common cause on the issue of fighting terrorism.

Narendra Modi is the first worldwide leader to pay tribute to the victims of the April 21 massacres.

This is a model I can say you will see not just in Sri Lanka but in a couple of other neighboring countries as well in the coming days, " said Vijay Gokhale, foreign secretary, at a media briefing.

Last month, Colombo announced entering into partnership with India and Japan to develop a deep-sea container terminal next to a controversial US$500-million Chinese-run facility in the capital.

Modi called for a global conference so that there could be meaningful and result-oriented discussions for plugging the loopholes that terrorists and their supporters exploit.

Modi said the Indian voter has outlined a vision for the next five years, and this is now an opportunity before the government.

During the visit, PM Modi signed an agreement on sharing white shipping information, encompassing non-military and non-government shipping vessels.

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