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* Sri Lankan President calls Indian PM, assures to further strengthen ties
Wed, Oct 17, 2018, 08:49 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 17, New Delhi: The President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena has called Prime Minister Modi on telephone Wednesday evening and rejected the media reports about him accusing Indian involvement in an alleged assassination plot.

Indian Prime Minister's Office issuing a media statement said the President of Sri Lanka categorically rejected the reports in sections of media about him alluding to the involvement of India in any manner whatsoever in an alleged plot to assassinate the President and a former Defense Secretary of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan President mentioned that the mischievous and malafide reports were utterly baseless and false, and seemed intended to create misunderstanding between the two leaders as well as damage the cordial relations between the two friendly neighbors.

The President apprised the Prime Minister of the urgent steps taken by him personally and the Government of Sri Lanka to publicly reject these reports. In this context, he also recalled his meeting with the High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka today morning.

The President also stated that he regards the Prime Minister as a true friend of Sri Lanka, as also a close personal friend. He stressed that he greatly valued the mutually beneficial ties between India and Sri Lanka, and remained steadfast to work with the Prime Minister for further strengthening them.

The Indian Prime Minister appreciated the prompt steps taken by the President and his Government to firmly refute the malicious reports by publicly clarifying the matters. He also reiterated India’s emphasis on 'neighborhood first' policy and the priority the Government of India and he personally attach to developing even stronger all-round cooperation between the two countries.

The President in a Twitter post said this evening he had a very successful telephone conversation with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who assured India's fullest cooperation towards the development and prosperity of Sri Lanka.

 

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