Sri Lanka and India hold nuclear talks

The first round of talks between India and Sri Lanka on comprehensive civil nuclear cooperation was held in New Delhi today.

The Indian delegation was led by Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs in India Harsh Vardhan Shringla and included representatives from the Department of Atomic Energy of India.

The Sri Lankan delegation was led by I. Ansar, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs in Sri Lanka and included representatives from the Atomic Energy Authority and the Ministry of Power and Energy of Sri Lanka.

“Discussions were held in a warm, friendly and cordial manner. Both sides exchanged views on all aspects of civil nuclear cooperation and reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the uses of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes to mutual benefit of the people of the two countries,” the External Affairs Ministry said.

It was agreed that the two sides would work towards a comprehensive Agreement on Bilateral Civil Nuclear Cooperation. Discussions included, inter alia, training of officials, nuclear safety and response to nuclear accidents.

It was agreed that the next meeting would be held in Sri Lanka in the first half of 2013.