|Cloud Affairs-Srilankal Pm Visits India-Terrorism And Trade Discussed|
The meet will enhance mutual economic trade and investment. The leaders also discussed improving tourism and connectivity. On the side lines of the meet PM Modi announced that India will provide a grant of 400 milion USD for developmental projects in Srilanka. The countries have also plans to expand the housing project undertaken by india in the islamd to all parts of thr country. India has also allocated 50 million USD to help the country deal with terrorism.
It is to be noted that in 2019 India granted a line to credit of 450 million USD to Sri lanka.
The location of Sri Lanka in Indian ocean has been strategic geopoitical relevance to many major powers. The Chinese are building gigantic modern parts in the Indian Ocean, it includes Hambantota (Sri Lanka), Gwadar (Pakistan), Kyauk Phru (Myanmar) and Chittagong (Bangladesh).
Therefore its is essential for India to maintain close ties with the island nation to resist the increase of foreign presence in IOR.
A delegation of Congress Party led by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi met the Sri Lankan Prime Minister on the same day.
The visiting dignitary is further scheduled to call on President Ram Nath Kovind later in the evening.
Rajapaksa will leave for Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday where he will visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Sarnath Buddhist Temple. Security has been beefed up in Varanasi ahead of Rajapaksa's visit.
On the morning of February 10, Rajapaksa will emplane for Bodh Gaya in Bihar -- where he will visit Mahabodhi Temple and Bodh Gaya Centre -- and later in the day to Tirupati, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.