Mangala and Modi hold key talks

s2015011961273-432x300External Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in New Delhi today and discussed the future of ties between both countries.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the people of Sri Lanka for the successful conclusion of elections, which had been watched with great regional and international interest, the Indian Prime Minister’s office said in a statement.

He congratulated President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wikramasinghe for the impressive victory, which was a vote for unity and change in Sri Lanka.

He also expressed hope that President Sirisena’s victory will advance peace, reconciliation and development in Sri Lanka, and peace and progress in our region.

Describing Sri Lanka as a truly close neighbour and friend, Prime Minister offered India’s continued support and partnership to Sri Lankan Government and people in realising their aspirations.

Stating that “even a few steps can clearly indicate one’s direction”, Prime Minister Modi expressed his admiration for Sri Lankan leadership’s vision of a “truly Sri Lankan government”, inclusive of all voices, and the initial steps taken by the new Government in Sri Lanka for political reconciliation, inclusiveness and participation.

Prime Minister thanked President Sirisena for accepting the invitation to visit India, and looked forward to receiving him at an early date. He also accepted the invitation to visit Sri Lanka at a mutually convenient date. (Colombo Gazette)