New York, Sept.26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi complimented Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on the elections that were held this year and said this revealed the deep-rooted democratic tradition and faith that the people of the island nation have in democracy.
Briefing the media here about the meeting between the two leaders, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that there was also a review of the bilateral relationship.
“Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had recently visited India which had privileged an occasion for both the nations to review the bilateral relationship and progress of the various projects,” he added.
Swarup said that there was also a discussion on the reconciliation process and President Sirisena said that he expected this to move forward now.
“We have made a number of new and additional commitments on railway infrastructure, power projects, upper tank farms and the housing project, where we have done 37,000 out of the 57,000 houses that we had committed to, and we expect 46,000 houses to be completed by early next year,” Swarup said on the issue of development projects by India in Sri Lanka.
Swarup further said that there was a brief discussion on the Human Rights Council situation pertaining to the island nation.
“The HRC in Geneva has been looking at the human rights situation there and this has been the subject of the report by the High Commissioner. The report will now be considered and there are a variety of views on this. As far as India is concerned, we naturally support for the quest for justice,” Swarup said.
“At the same time, we are respectful of Sri Lanka’s sovereignty and are hopeful that a way will be found where both these points and objectives can be met,” he added. (ANI)