PM Modi meets Sri Lankan President, Bhutanese counterpart in NY

New York, Sept. 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena here.

“Continuing the momentum. After PM @RW_UNP visits India, PM @narendramodi meets with President Sirisena of Sri Lanka,” tweeted Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

The relationship between India and Sri Lanka is more than 2,500 years old. Both countries have a legacy of intellectual, cultural, religious and linguistic interaction. In recent years, the relationship has been marked by close contacts at all levels. Trade and investment have grown and there is cooperation in the fields of development, education, culture and defence.

Both countries share a broad understanding on major issues of international interest. In recent years, significant progress in implementation of developmental assistance projects for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and disadvantaged sections of the population in Sri Lanka has helped further cement the bonds of friendship between the two countries.

The Prime Minister had earlier met his Bhutanese counterpart Tshering Tobgay.

“Strengthening the deep rooted ties of friendship with Bhutan. PM @narendramodi meets PM @tsheringtobgay,” tweeted Swarup.

Diplomatic relations between India and Bhutan were established in 1968 with the appointment of a resident representative of India in Thimphu. The basic framework of India-Bhutan bilateral relations is the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation signed in 1949 between the two countries, which was renewed during the visit of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck to India in February 2007.

The renewed India-Bhutan Friendship Treaty not only reflects the contemporary nature of the relationship between both nations but also lays the foundation for their future development in the 21st century. (ANI)

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