India ready to assist Sri Lanka in any way: PM Narendra Modi

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena with India Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Kathmandu: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that he had “extensive deliberations” on various aspects of India-Sri Lanka ties during a meeting with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena here, and expressed willingness to assist the country in any way that it desires.

Prime Minister Modi had a positive exchange of views with Sri Lankan President Sirisena on strengthening development cooperation and other areas of bilateral ties, external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet.

The two leaders met in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu on the sidelines of the 4th Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Summit which is being held from August 30-31. “Delighted to meet President @MaithripalaS. We had extensive deliberations on various aspects of India-Sri Lanka friendship,” Modi tweeted.

“Cementing cooperation with a valued neighbour and close friend. President @MaithripalaS and PM @narendramodi meet on the sidelines of the BIMSTEC Summit in Kathmandu,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted.

Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale, during a briefing, said that Prime Minister Modi met President Sirisena and the two leaders reviewed a development cooperation that the two countries are undertaking together. “A number of projects that we are doing in Sri Lanka was discussed and the Prime Minister reiterated that India is fully committed to ensuring that we will assist Sri Lanka in any way that it desires in taking these projects forward.