India, SL may sign nuclear agreement

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India and Sri Lanka will seek to open a new chapter in ties on Monday with a meeting between PM Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena who has chosen India for his maiden visit abroad as president. In a likely big takeaway from the visit, India and Sri Lanka will sign a civil nuclear cooperation agreement.

India, TOI learned, has decided to go ahead with civil nuclear cooperation with Sri Lanka following its own "breakthrough understanding" over the same during US President Barack Obama's recent visit. The two countries in the past have held negotiations for a civil nuclear agreement but these lost steam last year under Sirisena's predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa.

With Rajapaksa gone, both India and the US are keen to wean away Sri Lanka from the influence of China.

  Comments - 23

  • thabendran Monday, 16 February 2015 09:41 PM

    nuclear power plant

    sach Monday, 16 February 2015 10:12 PM

    I meant both projects had bad repercussions for SL . Before signing a nuclear treaty there should be a considerable dialog among people here. This is a hurried agreement.

    Ryan Monday, 16 February 2015 10:09 AM

    Narendra Modi and Siri Modi

    Chris Monday, 16 February 2015 03:40 PM

    Once signed effective forever with no road to return! What way to start the new regime! I feel for Sri Lanka modayos!

    Waco Monday, 16 February 2015 10:13 AM

    Who will be benefitted with this agreement?

    aja Monday, 16 February 2015 03:43 PM

    why not sign deal to sell Sri lanka to India Govt will be happy i guess …biggest mistake we can make is getting close to India

    sach Monday, 16 February 2015 10:20 AM

    would this be like chinese port project?...we in SL dont know about this agreement

    Shani Monday, 16 February 2015 03:43 PM

    This move will have far reaching implications for SL as regards the strategy it maintains to control the bullies in the region.

    John Monday, 16 February 2015 10:59 AM

    What about Nuclear agreement with Pakistan? Pakistan have always respected our culture and religion so we must also reciprocate. We must not anger our true friends in the region like Pakistan. Pakistani people always respect the religion of Sri Lankans!

    sulakshani Monday, 16 February 2015 10:59 AM

    Even siridena do not know about the agreements are he is just signing without knowing details so how could general public know

    Waco Tuesday, 17 February 2015 01:05 AM

    I fully agree with you.

    ramola Monday, 16 February 2015 11:41 AM

    Looks like siri modi is being used as puppet of India and USA just to get rid of China.. The people of this country should be given a chance to know what this deal is about. China has been a better friend to us than India.

    moodayoo Monday, 16 February 2015 12:06 PM

    wau, another Chernobyl is on the way..

    Deen Monday, 16 February 2015 12:14 PM

    Do not worry Champika too is in the delegation.

    Kader Monday, 16 February 2015 12:23 PM

    Ramula,China had been a better friend to MR than Sri Lanka was the problem.

    trueCritic Monday, 16 February 2015 12:31 PM

    The respect was quite evident from what shehzad (pak) said to dilshan

    Waco Monday, 16 February 2015 12:56 PM

    Before signing, President must discuss this in length in Sri Lankan Parliment.

    Senator Monday, 16 February 2015 01:01 PM

    Sri Lanka-nuclear weapons storage place for India.

    Maju Tuesday, 17 February 2015 02:46 PM

    What you mean, If Pakistan is supporting Sri Lanka In any field, is because of India. It does not mean they likes your religion or your country.See the situation of Hindus

    Astitva Monday, 16 February 2015 01:57 PM

    Not really! The chinese port project is most likely to go down inder the new govt anyways..

    kosala Tuesday, 17 February 2015 11:16 AM

    If this is about building a Thorium Reactor . Then I fully support it . India has expertise on this.

    Lakbima Monday, 16 February 2015 02:42 PM

    What was in this pact? Was it Sri Lanka as a nuclear waste dump?

    spd Monday, 16 February 2015 09:18 PM

    This is a crazy deal. Sure SL to be the waste dump. This is one of the biggest problems in the West as they do not know where the hell to bring the waste. Poor 3rd world countries will be the dumping place in the future...

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