India-Lanka sign civil nuclear pact
India and Sri Lanka today signed a civil nuclear pact besides deciding to expand defence and security cooperation. The two countries also signed three other pacts, on cooperation in agriculture, culture, and Sri Lanka’s participation in the Nalanda University Project.
This was announced after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena at Hyderabad House in New Delhi this afternoon.
Both the leaders expressed commitment to find a solution to the fishermen issue by adopting a constructive and humanitarian approach. Mr Modi said the bilateral agreement on civil nuclear cooperation is yet another demonstration of mutual trust between the two countries. He said they discussed expansion of cooperation in energy sector, both conventional and renewable.
Addressing the media, President Sirisena said that his first official visit has given fruitful results and relation between the two countires will strengthen. He said that Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka in March will be an honour for the island nation.
The nuclear pact signed between India and Sri Lanka would facilitate cooperation in the transfer and exchange of knowledge and expertise, sharing of resources, capacity building and training of personnel in peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Mr Modi said this is the first such agreement Sri Lanka has signed with any country.
The pact on agriculture would facilitate cooperation in Agro Processing, horticulture, agricultural machinery, training in farm mechanisation among other things. The MoU on Cultural cooperation seeks to enhance the level of cooperation in performing arts, visual arts, libraries, museums, archives and cultural documentation.