Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe today. Both the PMs discussed on a range of issues related to bilateral ties, including the progress of India-assisted development projects in the Island nation. The two leaders held talks at the Hyderabad House here on the third day and final day of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister’s India visit.
Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted “Special place in our hearts for Sri Lanka. PM Narendra Modi welcomes the Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe. At the delegation level talks, the leaders took stock of the entire range of our bilateral relations, especially the development projects in Sri Lanka”.
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Wickremesinghe’s India visit comes in the backdrop of controversial media reports that Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has accused Indian intelligence agency RAW of plotting his assassination, a claim firmly rejected as “false” by Colombo.
Earlier in the day, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also separately called on the visiting Lankan leader. Wickremesinghe and Singh discussed issues related to security and anti-terror cooperation between India and Sri Lanka.
On Friday, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi met Wickremesinghe and discussed cooperation between the two countries.