Sri Lankan President calls Modi, condemns Uri attack

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New Delhi, Sep 20 (IANS) Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi and condemned the “cross-border terrorist attack” in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir.

“President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi a short while ago to strongly condemn the (Sunday’s) terror attack in Uri,” a Prime Minister’s Office statement said here.

“President Sirisena also offered condolences to the families of the deceased soldiers,” it said.

Both the leaders spoke of the need for “sustained cooperation” among the region’s countries to end the “scourge of terrorism in the region”, the statement said.

Eighteen soldiers were killed and 30 injured when four militants said to belong to Jaish-e-Mohammed attacked the administrative base camp of an infantry battalion near Uri town of Baramulla district on Sunday.

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