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India, Lanka agree to expand cooperation in health sector

In a move to expand bilateral cooperation in health, Union Health Minister JP Nadda met his Sri Lankan counterpart on Monday. In a meeting with Sri Lankan Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne, Nadda discussed issues related to increasing cooperation between the two countries in health sector.

Nadda noted that the relations between India and Sri Lanka are unique and based upon shared historical, cultural, ethnic and civilizational ties and extensive people-to-people interaction.

Nadda extended an invitation to Rajitha Senaratne to attend the next SAARC Health Ministers’ Meeting at New Delhi which India has offered to host in the near future. The Union Health Minister shared with his Sri Lankan counterpart that India has taken a series of steps to prevent and contain the threat from Ebola virus and underlined the need for cooperation between the two countries to guard against infectious disease threats.

He also underscored the need for expanding bilateral cooperation in the area of health, including traditional medicines, through formal MoUs on health cooperation and hoped that these could be finalised and signed at the earliest.
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