Indian support for counter-terrorism, economic recovery

Monday, 10 June 2019

Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday pledged Delhi’s fullest co-operation in the key areas of counter-terrorism and Sri Lanka’s post-attack economic recovery. This commitment was made during bilateral talks the Indian leader had with President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday during his brief visit to Colombo after his state visit to The Maldives.

Appreciating President Sirisena’s prompt invitation to visit Sri Lanka made during his inauguration as Prime Minister, Premier Modi remarked on the “strong trust” between the two countries that was being built as a result of these bilateral exchanges. A Presidential Media Division communique said that the talks, which were held at President’s House yesterday afternoon, focused on bilateral relations and regional security, peace and stability.

The Indian leader yesterday packed in a series of meetings during his brief stop-over in Colombo. He even found the time to squeeze in a brief condoling visit to the bombing-affected Shrine of St. Anthony’s, Kochchikade, prior to attending his welcoming ceremony. After his talks with the President, the Indian Premier also separately met to talk trade and business with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. He also held courtesy talks with Opposition Leader former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and a Tamil National Alliance delegation led by R.Sampanthan, MP.