India, Sri Lanka agree to jointly fight terror

India, Sri Lanka agree to jointly fight terror

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Colombo, June 10: India and Sri Lanka on Sunday agreed that terrorism is a 'joint threat' that needs collective and focused action.

This was stated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after he held bilateral talks with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena.

"President Sirisena and I agreed that terrorism is a joint threat that needs collective and focused action. Reiterated India’s commitment to partner with Sri Lanka for a shared, secure and prosperous future," Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
In another missive, Modi stated that he had "fruitful discussions" with his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe.

During the meeting, Modi assured India's full support to "further strengthen bilateral development partnership" including through people oriented projects in Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister also had an extensive meeting with the Leader of Opposition in Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa. "We discussed the need for close collaboration between India and Sri Lanka in the fields of counter terrorism, security and economic development," Modi wrote in the micro blogging site.

"I had a short but immensely fruitful Sri Lanka visit. Sri Lanka has a special place in our hearts," Prime Minister tweeted shortly before emplaning for return to India.

"I assure my sisters and brothers of Sri Lanka that India will always be there with you and support your nation’s progress. Thank you for the memorable welcome and hospitality," he wrote.

A delegation of Tamil community-based party Tamil National Alliance delegation led by R. Sampanthan called on Modi. The delegation congratulated PM on his electoral victory, MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar stated.

Both Prime Minister Modi and Sri Lankan President Sirisena planted saplings at the President's official residence. In his missive Sri Lankan President thanked Mr Modi for "highly productive visit"  (UNI)