Another victory for Modi Govt! India inks nuclear pact with Lanka, hopes to keep China at bay

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New Delhi, Feb 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday held talks during which they discussed bilateral civil nuclear cooperation among other key strategic issues.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena shake hands before a meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delh on Monday. PTI Photo by Shirish Shete.
The two signed agreements including one on civil nuclear cooperation.

"We are pleased to be Sri Lanka's largest trading partner, I express my support for balanced trade in both directions. We will further improve air and sea connectivity between Sri Lanka and India, " Modi said in a joint press conference.

"The bilateral agreement on civil nuclear cooperation is another demonstration of our mutual trust," he further added.

PM Modi also said he discussed the fishermen issue with Sirisena and hoped for a solution soon.

On the fishermen issue, Modi said, "President and I have attached high importance to the fishermen issue, will address fishermen associations on both sides soon. Fishermen from both regions should meet and share their proposals with the government."

PM Modi said he will be visiting Sri Lanka in March.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is in India on his maiden foreign visit after taking charge last month. "We are honoured that you chose India for your first foreign tour," said Modi.

On his maiden foreign trip after assuming office, Sirisena, who arrived in New Delhi on Sunday on a four-day visit, also held comprehensive discussions with the Prime Minister on ways to enhance economic ties.

India has been hoping that the new Lankan government will develop the country on the "foundation of genuine and effective reconciliation" creating harmony among all sections there.

India has also been pressing for implementation of 13th amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution on devolution of powers.

OneIndia News

(With inputs from agencies)

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