PM Narendra Modi delivers joint statement with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

By Rajan Nath -- November 29, 2019 2:08 pm -- Updated:November 29, 2019 2:11 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday delivered the joint statement with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in Delhi. He said, "The mandate given to you is the expression of the ambitions of the people of Sri Lanka for a strong country. A strong Sri Lanka is not only in the interest of India but that of the entire Indian Ocean region."

Adding, he said "Sri Lanka and India share a strong bond. We give priority to our relations with Sri Lanka under our 'Neighbourhood First' policy." "India has always condemned and fought against terrorism. India is extending a $50million line of credit to Sri Lanka to fight terrorism," he added.

PM Modi also said, "$400 million line of credit to be extended to Sri Lanka to strengthen its economy. Under Indian housing project, 46,000 houses have already been made in Sri Lanka. 14,000 houses further being made for Tamil origin people. $100 million credit line given for solar projects."

Meanwhile, he added "We exchanged our views on reconciliation in Sri Lanka. President Rajapaksa told me of his inclusive political point of view on ethnic harmony. I believe Sri Lanka govt will take forward procedure of reconciliation to fulfill ambitions of equality, justice, peace and respect of Tamils." " The procedure of reconciliation also includes the implementation of 13th Amendment," he added.

Furthermore, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said, "We will take steps to release the boats belonging to India in our custody."

-PTC News

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