India, Sri Lanka agree to strengthen bilateral security framework

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New Delhi, June 9 (ANI): Condemning terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, India and Sri Lanka on Wednesday agreed to consolidate security and legal framework of their bilateral relationship and signed two agreements in this context.

On the second day of his four-day State visit to India, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa met the Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh that was followed by delegation level talks.

"Both leaders condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. They also agreed to strengthen the security and legal framework of their bilateral relationship. To this end, the leaders witnessed the signing of a 'Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance on Criminal Matters' and 'Agreement on Transfer of Sentenced Prisoners'," stated a joint statement on Wednesday evening.

Earlier today, the President Rajapaksa was accorded a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The Sri Lankan President was received by the President of India, Pratibha Patil, who hosted a banquet in his honour.

Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance Sonia Gandhi called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa. (ANI)

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