President Rajapaksa returns home ending his Indian tour further fortifying the historic ties and achieving many economic benefits.
The President undertook the visit at the invitation of the Indian Government. A significant event in the President’s visit was the inking of seven agreements which will give more opportunities for expanded growth in Sri Lanka’s socio-economic, legal, women’s affairs, power and transport sectors. The agreement by India to build 50 thousand houses for the displaced in the North and East and the granting of an 800 million US Dollar loan for a railway scheme are some other achievements.
Sri Lanka also benefited the assistance pledged by India for agriculture, construction of school buildings, houses, infrastructure and the rehabilitation of widowers, a pledge given to set up a Cultural Centre in Jaffna and launch a Vocational Training Centre, and the rebuilding of the Duriappa Stadium.
In addition to holding successful talks with his Indian counterpart Pratiba Patel, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi, President Rajapaksa also conversed with many Indian governing and opposition Parliamentarians.