Agreement on civil nuclear deal sign of trust between India and Sri Lanka, says Modi

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India-and-Sri-LankaSri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Modi on Monday and the two signed agreements including one on civil nuclear cooperation.

Modi said the two leaders discussed ways to enhance economic cooperation between both countries. He also said he discussed the fishermen issue with Sirisena and hoped for a solution soon.

“The bilateral agreement on civil nuke deal is a sign of trust between the two countries,” said Modi.

On the fishermen issue, Modi added, “President and I have attached high importance to the fishermen issue. Fishermen from both regions should meet and share their proposals with the government.”

PM Modi said he will be visiting Sri Lanka in March.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is in India on his maiden foreign visit after taking charge last month. “We are honoured that you chose India for your first foreign tour,” said Modi.

Earlier in the day, Sirisena received the ceremonial guard of honour at Rashtrapati Bhavan and also met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

President Pranab Mukherjee will be hosting a banquet in Sirisena’s honour.