India, Sri Lanka sign nuclear deal, energise ties

Ending a prolonged period of drift in India-Sri Lanka relations, the leaders of India and Sri Lanka upgraded bilateral ties with the two sides signing four agreements, including a landmark pact for civil nuclear cooperation.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lanka’s newly-elected President Maithripala Sirisena held wide-ranging talks to bolster strategic ties, increase trade and resolve long-standing issues between the two nations.
“The bilateral agreement on civil nuclear cooperation is another demonstration of our mutual trust. We discussed expansion of cooperation in energy sector both conventional and renewable,” Mr Modi said in a joint media interaction with the Sri Lankan president.
The two leaders also spent some time discussing the festering issue of fishermen straying into the other country’s territorial waters and underline the importance of resolving this issue.
The four-day visit to India from February 15 to 18 by the Lankan president is aimed at ushering a new chapter in bilateral ties that had suffered and languished during the last few years of his predecessor, Mahinda Rajapaksa. This is Sirisena’s first foreign visit since winning national elections held in January.

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