PM Modi Announces $450 Million Line Of Credit To Sri Lanka After Talks With Gotabaya Rajapaksa

PM Modi said he assured Gotabaya Rajapaksa of India's full assistance in taking his country in the path of rapid development.

PM Modi announced a line of credit of $400 million for development projects in Sri Lanka

New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Friday a financial assistance of $450 million to Sri Lanka including $50 million to fight terrorism after he held "fruitful" talks with the island nation's newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The talks focused on issues like fulfilling aspirations of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka, ways to boost security and trade ties and address concerns of the fishermen.

In his media statement after the talks, PM Modi said he assured Mr Rajapaksa of India's full assistance in taking his country in the path of rapid development.

The Prime Minister announced a line of credit of $400 million for development projects in Sri Lanka besides granting a separate fund of $50 million to help the country deal with challenges of terrorism.

Sri Lankan capital Colombo was hit by a series of bombings in April in which over 250 people were killed.

"I have discussed in detail with President Rajpaksa how to strengthen our mutual cooperation in dealing with terrorism. Sri Lankan police officers are receiving training on countering terrorism in prominent Indian institutions," PM Modi said.

Mr Rajapaksa arrived on Thursday on a three-day visit, in his first overseas tour after taking over the reins of Sri Lanka 10 days back in reflection of importance he attaches to ties with India.

On the lingering Tamil issue, PM Modi said he was confident that the Sri Lankan government will carry forward the reconciliation process and fulfill the aspirations of the Tamil community.

"The mandate that you have received reflected the aspirations of the Sri Lankan people for a strong and prosperous Sri Lanka. India's good wishes and cooperation are always with Sri Lanka in this regard," PM Modi said.

PM Modi said a stable Sri Lanka is not only in interest of India but for entire Indian Ocean Region.

On his part, Gotabaya Rajapaksa said the talks were "fruitful" and that a major focus area of the deliberations was on security cooperation.

Earlier, Gotabaya Rajapaksa said he would strive to take his country's bilateral relationship with India to a "very high level".

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