Lankan PM on 4-day State visit to India
   Date :08-Feb-2020

SRI LANKAN Prime Minister
 
SRI LANKAN Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday arrived on a four-day State visit to India where he will be holding talks on a number of key areas including trade, defence and maritime security cooperation.
This is Rajapaksa senior’ first overseas trip since his brother Gotabaya was elected President in November.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday met Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and discussed a host of issues.
After his official engagement in Delhi, Rajapaksa will travel to Varanasi, Sarnath, Bodh Gaya and Tirupati.
A host of issues, including fulfilling the aspirations of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka, the situation in the Indian Ocean Region and ways to boost defence and trade ties, are expected to figure in the talks between Modi and the Sri Lankan Prime Minister on Saturday.
Rajapaksa was the Sri Lankan President from 2005-2015, while Singh was the Prime Minister from 2004-14.
Gandhi and Singh were accompanied by senior Congress leader Anand Sharma during the meeting with Rajapaksa, who arrived here on Friday evening on a five-day visit.
After his official engagement in Delhi, Rajapaksa will travel to Varanasi, Sarnath, Bodh Gaya and Tirupati.
Mahinda hopes to finalise the implementation of the USD 450 million line of credit pledged by Prime Minister Modi to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa during his visit to New Delhi in November, according to the statement.
“With the aim of enhancing engagement in sub-regional maritime security cooperation, the two delegations are expected to discuss key areas under the defence and maritime security initiatives that include the Sri Lanka-India annual defence dialogue and the trilateral maritime security cooperation with India and the Maldives,” it said.