India, Lanka exchange 4 agreements


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi terms India-Sri Lanka relations as one that touches the hearts of ordinary Indians and Sri Lankans; says peace and stability in the region is key to success and prosperity; assures Sri Lanka of continuing commitment to development partnership; India and Sri Lanka exchange four agreements in various fields including medicare facilities.

Stressing that the progress of Sri Lanka is important for the two countries, South Asia and the maritime region, PM Modi thanked Wickremesinghe for his belief in and steadfast support for India-Sri Lanka relations.

The Prime Minister said this during a joint statement after holding extensive talks with his Sri Lankan counterpart in New Delhi.

On the fishermen issue, Prime Minister Modi said that both the sides agreed that fishermen’s associations on both sides should continue their efforts to find a solution. He added that it should be seen as a humanitarian issue that affects livelihoods.

Prime Minister also expressed confidence that with the wisdom and will of the leadership in Sri Lanka and the support of the people, Sri Lanka will achieve genuine reconciliation and development, so that all Sri Lankans, including the Sri Lankan Tamil community, can live a life of equality, justice, peace and dignity in a united Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan PM Wickremesinghe also thanked India for resettling and reconstruction in the northern and eastern provinces of the country.

Sri Lanka also called for cooperation in several sectors including trade, economics and technology.

Four agreements were exchanged between the two sides. Agreement was exchanged on orbit frequency coordination of satellite for saarc region, MoU was exchanged regarding supply of medical equipment, letters were exchanged on establishment of emergency ambulance services in Sri Lanka and MoU was renewed regarding india’s grant assistance for implementation of SDP.

Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on the visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister. Wickremesinghe, who was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s prime minister for the fourth time last month following his party’s victory in the parliamentary polls, will also meet President Pranab Mukherjee and other union ministers.