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India to shore up Sri Lanka’s peace efforts
[December 26, 2001 - 7.30 GMT]

Government of India had expressed its fullest support to the Sri Lankan Government to take the peace process forward.

During Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe’s recent three-day visit, India reiterated its commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka.

A joint statement issued at the conclusion of the Lankan Premier’s visit says, ‘India welcomes the LTTE’s unilateral cessation of hostilities and the Government’s positive response and hopes this will set in motion a process to restore a lasting peace’.

India is to provide 25,000 tones of wheat per month for the next twelve months, to Sri Lanka at terms agreed to by both sides. The two sides also agreed to cooperate in a number of other areas, with immediate priority being placed on agriculture, power and the IT industry.

Both sides also agreed to work on a feasibility study for a land bridge linking the two countries, keeping in mind the spirit of the close historical, cultural and social ties that have bonded the two nations over millennia.

The Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasighe’s visit to India has been most productive, wide-ranging discussions were held in the most cordial atmosphere reflecting the close relations between the two countries, the joint statement added. Mr. Wickremasighe met Indian leaders across the political spectrum. Substantive discussions were held with his counterpart and India’s External Affairs Minister.

 

 

 

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Last Updated Date: December 26, 2001  - 7.30 GMT.