Sri Lanka will derive several benefits from the talks held between President Rajapakse and the Indian Prime Minister. The leaders had been able to reach a broad based agreement following successful discussion.
A joint declaration issued following the discussions stated that the two Leaders agreed to build wide ranging cooperation in all sectors including political, economic, commerce and industry. President Rajapakse observed that his aim is to build a democratic society with equal rights. It was agreed to implement the relevant provisions in the constitution in this connection.
The Indian Prime Minister expressed full support for all measures taken for peace and reconciliation. India will assist the construction of 50,000 houses for those who were displaced due to terrorist activities. It was also agreed to assist in building infrastructure in the North and East including rail tracks, roads and vocational training centres. The two leaders agreed that the 2600th Sambuddha Jayanthi festival will be commemorated through joint activities.
Seven agreements related to economic, social, legal, womens’ affira, electricity and transport sectors were signed before the President Rajapakse and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The President also met several other statesmen.
The President was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapathi Bhawan. The President noted that the economic relations with India achieves much importance at a time when the government is focused in ushering in the benefits of peace and prosperity to Sri Lanka.
Chairperson of the ruling Alliance in India and India’s Congress Party Leader, Sonia Gandhi called on the Sri Lankan President in New Delhi. Mrs. Gandhi said that success of the tourism drive launched by the Sri Lankan Government will promote tourism between the two countries.