A Sri Lankan Parliamentary delegation led by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya held talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.
The Parliamentarians noted the historical ties and shared spiritual and cultural heritage of India and Sri Lanka and expressed appreciation for the deepening of relations between the two countries in recent years. They also noted the benefits from a number of people-centric development cooperation projects being carried out with India’s assistance in Sri Lanka. They agreed that speedy implementation of joint economic projects will bring benefits to the economies and the people of both the countries.
The Indian Prime Minister welcomed the delegation and stressed the importance of such linkages. He stated that the new initiatives for enhancing relations between provincial assemblies and local bodies of the two countries would further deepen significantly the close people-to-people ties and trust between the two countries.
Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Douglas Devananda of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) and Mano Ganesan, a Minister in the Ranil Wickeramasinghe government, attended the talks.
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader Rauff Hakeem, Nimal Sripala Desilva of Sri Lankan Freedom Party, Gayantha Karunatilake of United National Party and Vijaya Herath of Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna also attended the meeting. (Colombo Gazette)