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PM seeks cooperation from Lanka in counter-terrorism

PM seeks cooperation from Lanka in counter-terrorism
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In an address to Sri Lankan Parliament, Modi said the unity and integrity of Sri Lanka were paramount for India and that the recent elections have reflected the hope for change, and reconciliation in the country.

He also announced India’s unstinted support to Sri Lanka in its march for development.

Modi became the fourth Indian Prime Minister to address the Sri Lankan Parliament. Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Morarji Desai were the other Indian Prime Ministers to address it.
Talking about the security challenges, he said both the countries should join hands and expand maritime cooperation to successfully combat terrorism and extremism.

“We deeply value our security cooperation with Sri Lanka. We should expand the maritime security cooperation between India, Sri Lanka and Maldives to include others in the Indian Ocean area,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister said enhanced maritime cooperation between the two countries will be vital for building a peaceful, secure, stable and prosperous maritime neighbourhood.

“The Indian Ocean is critical to the security and prosperity of our two countries. And, we can be more successful in achieving these goals if we work together; build a climate of trust and confidence; and we remain sensitive to each other’s interest,” he said.

“For both of us, local threats remain. But, we see threats arising in new forms and from new sources. We are witnessing globalisation of terrorism. The need for our cooperation has never been stronger than on Friday,” Modi said.

Promising India’s whole-hearted support to Sri Lanka, Modi said it was time for a “new vigour” in partnership between the two countries and that both should ensure that the proximity always translates into closeness. “I also assure you of India`s full commitment to development partnership with Sri Lanka. We see this as a responsibility of a friend and neighbour,” he said.

Modi suggested that fishermen’s associations of India and Sri Lanka should meet at the earliest to find a mutually acceptable arrangement. It can then be taken forward by both governments.

In his address to Parliament, Modi said, “Sri Lanka has lived through decades of tragic violence and conflict. You have successfully defeated terrorism and brought the conflict to an end. “You now stand at a moment of historic opportunity to win the hearts and heal the wounds across all sections of society.” 

Sri Lankan leaders to travel with Modi to North

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will accompany visiting Indian premier Narendra Modi during his historic visit to the country’s war-ravaged northern region. Sirisena and Wickremesinghe will travel with the Indian leader on Saturday to the sacred city of Anuradhapura, the capital of North Central Province, government sources said. Later, Wickremesinghe will accompany with Modi to the Tamil-dominated Jaffna in the Northern province, they added. Modi is the second prime minister to visit Jaffna after Britain’s David Cameron in November 2013. Sri Lanka is the final stop of Modi’s three-nation tour of Indian Ocean island nations that took him to Seychelles and Mauritius. Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Sri Lanka in 28 years.
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