Indian Prime Minister, Hon. Narendra Modi said the friendship between India and Sri Lanka was a unique one, going beyond a diplomatic connection, and that this friendship would be the basis for promoting further ties between the countries in an array of fields.
Hon. Ranil joined Hon. Modi at the Hyderabad House, in New Delhi – the Prime Minister’s residence – where Hon.Ranil was hosted for lunch. There, Prime Minister Modi went on to say that the personal friendships formed between the National and Political leaders between both countries would continue to play a special role.
Hon. Ranil and team went on to exchange ideas regarding the sectors spanning economy, security, law and order, trade, technology, industrial activities, and health, as well as the steps that should be followed in order to achieve sustainable development across the board.
Furthermore, the importance of maintaining the Indian Ocean Region as one in which secure and free maritime trade could be carried out was subject to discussion.
The current and imperative subject of employing exercises towards eradicating terrorism and establishing Peace within the Region was discussed. It was evident that it was something that all the SAARC Countries should contribute towards this endeavour.
We further exchanged ideas on how all parties should follow the strategies and procedures related to achieving sustainable development and peace within the Region, and both parties agreed that SAARC should remain as an active and productive regional body. Therefore, it was only fitting that we focused our attention on overcoming the present challenges and crisis faced by SAARC.
A main goal at this meeting was to fix the dates in order to conduct a high-level conference addressing the India-Sri Lanka fishermen problem and reach a sustainable long-term solution therein. The Foreign Ministers of both Nations, as well as the Fisheries Ministers are set to conduct this Meeting.
Therefore, on the 5th of November, this Conference will take place in New Delhi, India. In turn, Hon.Ranil invited Prime Minister Modi to be the Chief Guest at Sri Lanka’s International Wesak Festival in May, 2017, and the Prime Minister has assured me a speedy response in this regard.
Madam Sushma Swaraj – Indian Minister of External Affairs, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar – Indian Foreign Secretary, H.E. Mr. Y.K Sinha - High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, and related Officers representing India were also present.