Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed the press with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is on a five-day visit to India. Urging Sri Lankan government to ensure equality, justice, peace and respect for the minority Tamils in the island nation, he said, ” I am confident that the Sri Lankan government will realise the expectations of the Tamil people for equality, justice, peace and respect within united Sri Lanka,” he said.
The Prime Minister held delegation-level talks with Sri Lankan counterpart.
“India and Sri Lanka are neighbours as well as close friends. We share common bonds. Terrorism is a big problem in our region. Both of us have fought it befittingly. We will further increase our cooperation against terror,” said PM Modi.
PM Modi recalled the barbaric terrorist Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka and said, ” these attacks were not only a blow to Sri Lanka, but also to humanity as a whole,” Modi stressed.
“Whether it is security or economy or social progress, our past and our future ate connected with each other in every region. Stability, security and prosperity in Sri Lanka are in India’s interest of the entire Indian Ocean region,” Modi said.