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Parliamentary delegation calls on Modi

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Sri Lankan Parliamentary delegation led by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya called on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday and held talks.

The Parliamentarians expressed historical, spiritual and cultural ties between India and Sri Lanka. They also expressed appreciation for the deepening of relations between the two countries in recent years. They further noted the benefits from a number of people-centric development cooperation projects being carried out with India's assistance in Sri Lanka.

The Indian Prime Minister welcomed the delegation and stressed the importance of such linkages. He stated that the new initiatives for enhancing relations between provincial assemblies and local bodies of the two countries would further deepen significantly the close people-to-people ties and trust between the two countries.

Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Douglas Devananda of the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP), Minister Mano Ganesan, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader Minister Rauff Hakeem, Minister Nimal Sripala Desilva of Sri Lankan Freedom Party, Minister Gayantha Karunatilake of United National Party and Vijaya Herath of Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna attended the talks.

The Sri Lankan Parliamentarians are in New Delhi following an invitation by the Indian government.

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