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Sri Lanka and India: Agree Security Cooperation, Economic And Fishing Deals December 02,2019   |  Source: Eur Asia Rivew

Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has wrapped up the first day of his first official visit to India with a US$ 400 million development credit line, an Indian commitment to help boost Sri Lanka’s security intelligence capability and co-operation in the vexed problem of fisheries poaching in the Palk Strait. The cordiality between the two national leaders, President Rajapaksa and Premier Narendra Modi was very visible during the joint news media briefing in New Delhi yesterday afternoon when they read out their statements. In his first official state visit as President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa was welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who pledged to assist Sri Lanka in its efforts to combat terrorism by offering USD 50 million to enhance Sri Lanka’s national intelligence capabilities. Speaking first, as host, at their media briefing, the Indian Premier hailed a safe, secure and stable Sri Lanka as being integral to the Indian Ocean.

“We are fortunate and honoured that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has chosen to visit Sri Lanka on his first overseas official trip. It is indeed a unique opportunity for us to be able to welcome him only two weeks into his presidency. This visit goes a long way in strengthing bilateral relations between India and Sri Lanka,” Prime

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