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* Sri Lanka Premier emphasizes need to move forward on Economic Technology Agreement with India
Fri, Nov 24, 2017, 09:48 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is on an official visit to India, met with the Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Friday in New Delhi for bilateral discussions.

During the discussion held with Minister Swaraj, special attention was paid on the steps to be taken in the future to strengthen the unique friendship between Sri Lanka and India.

The two sides also discussed promptly implementing India-Sri Lanka joint projects as well as the possibilities of taking action along with Japan and Singapore to develop and modernize Sri Lanka's ports.

During his four-day visit to the Indian capital, the Premier also met with his Indian counterpart, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, and the President of the Congress Party, Sonia Gandhi.

In every meeting attention was focused on the strengthening the relations between the two countries, the Premier said.

The Premier discussed the Indian Ocean activities and the proposed new Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) between India and Sri Lanka.

"In this context, we decided to formulate the Economic Technology Cooperation Agreement in accordance with the basic framework of our economic relations. Now we have to finish the work and move forward," the Premier said.

During the bilateral discussions with Congress president Sonia Gandhi, bilateral and multilateral issues affecting both India and Sri Lanka and regional political and social trends were discussed.

The Premier met with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the President Ram Nath Kovind yesterday.

In his meeting with Indian President on Thursday, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe explained the facts on strengthening Indo - Sri Lanka economic ties and removing the delays in development work carried out jointly by both parties. They also exchanged ideas on the housing project which provides houses for Sri Lankan people under the Indian aids.

Expressing his views President Kovind said it is vital that the economic and development work be carried forward based on the historical relationship between India and Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister Modi has assured India's full support to the digital reconstruction work planned to be carried out in Sri Lanka's education sector in view of the 70th independence commemoration of Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister Modi said India will take a leading role to support Sri Lanka's pilot project to provide computer tablets to all school children and to provide expert assistance necessary to create the necessary Sinhala and Tamil software for those as well as to work out an IT coordination plan for the program.

The two prime ministers also exchanged views on energy security and food security.

The Sri Lankan Premier is expected to return to the island on Friday.

 

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