Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held talks with Sri President Mahinda Rajapaksa in New Delhi.
During the meeting both sides tried to understand the common challenges and discussed ways to enhance cooperation in key areas.
Modi was assisted in the talks by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh among others.
Meanwhile, issuing a statement, the President’s Office in Colombo said that the two leaders had an in-depth discussion of issues of mutual concern.
“President Rajapaksa described the initiatives Sri Lanka has taken with regard to rehabilitation, resettlement, reconstruction and the ongoing reconciliation process in the country. President Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Modi also discussed the issue of fishermen of both countries and measures that can be taken to find a permanent solution through a process in which the views of fishermen from both countries can be taken into consideration. Both agreed that talks between the fishermen and the meeting of the joint committee of officials must continue,” the statement said.
It also said that Prime Minister Modi expressed his gratitude to President Rajapaksa for participating in his inauguration ceremony, stating that the presence of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) leaders augurs well for the future of SAARC cooperation and solidarity.
The Prime Minister was of the view that SAARC must focus on common issues that can benefit the region and reflect our concerns on a global platform.
President Rajapaksa, welcoming the views expressed by Prime Minister Modi, stated that India’s leadership is crucial for the success of SAARC ventures and Sri Lanka looks forward to working with India in taking forward SAARC operations.