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Indian Premier affirms strong bilateral relationship with Sri Lanka

Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana and Indian Prime Minister  Narendra Modi met on Saturday during the former's three-day official visit in India.
Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met on Saturday during the former's three-day official visit in India.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed to Sri Lankan Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana that India "attached great importance to its relations with Sri Lanka and that he looks forward to continue to work closely with the leadership of the island nation to further strengthen and expand bilateral cooperation."

In an official statement, Prime Minister Modi says “he is looking forward to continue to work closely with the President and the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka to further strengthen and expand bilateral cooperation".

Minister Marapana called on Prime Minister Modi on Saturday. Minister Marapana was on a three-day visit to India.

This is the first official overseas visit the new Foreign Minister has undertaken.

The visit was scheduled from September 8-10.

According to sources, bilateral issues, including follow up to the understandings reached during recent high level visits between the two countries, were discussed at the meeting.

Prime Minister Modi congratulated Minister Marapana on assuming his new responsibility as Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka.

According to the official statement released by Prime Minister Modi, he referred to his fruitful visit to Sri Lanka in May this year for the International Vesak Day.

The statement says, "the Prime Minister reaffirmed the high importance that India attaches to its relations with Sri Lanka".

Prime Minister Modi on twitter says “Held wide ranging discussions on India-Sri Lanka ties with SL’s Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana".

Foreign Affairs & Development Assignments Minister Tilak Marapana met Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj yesterday (9) at the Hyderabad House, New Delhi for bilateral talks.

India Foundation hosted a dinner in honour of Minister Marapana at Taj Mansingh, New Delhi yesterday.

A media communique issued by the Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka stated that Foreign Minister Marapana conveyed the greetings of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to Prime Minister Modi.

Minister Marapana referred to the cordial relations that exist between the two countries as manifested by frequent high level visits fortifying close bilateral bonds. Minister Marapana reaffirmed his commitment for taking bilateral relations to greater heights.

At the meeting between Minister Marapana and the Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the Hyderabad House, the official venue for high level meetings, the two Ministers discussed and assessed all matters of mutual interest and in particular the implementation of economic cooperation projects.

The meeting was followed by a lunch hosted in honour of Minister Marapana by Minister Swaraj. It was attended by the Minister of State for External Affairs of India Gen. V.K. Singh.

Secretary of Foreign Affairs Prasad Kariyawasam, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in India Chitranganee Wagiswara, Senior Director General of the South Asia and SAARC Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Asoka Girihagama were present. 


 

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