Sri Lanka's newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit his island country and said that India is a very old friend of his country. Modi is the first prime minister to be invited to Sri Lanka after Rajapaksa takes over as president (in the island nation). The Sri Lankan President said that his country's relationship with India is multifaceted, in which security issues are given priority. He said that while the nature of initiative and cooperation with other countries are generally economic and commercial.
In a joint statement after talks with Prime Minister Modi here, Rajapaksa said, "We will continue to work with India to ensure that the Indian Ocean region remains a zone of peace." Friend told. Rajapaksa said, "As the first head of government after being elected President of Sri Lanka, I would like to invite Prime Minister Modi to visit my country." Congratulating Rajapaksa for his victory, Modi said it was an honor That he chose India for his foreign trip after assuming the office of President in the island nation.
He said, "It symbolizes the strength and dynamism of the friendship relations between India and Sri Lanka." It is also a sign of how much importance these countries attach to these relations. ”The two leaders also discussed the issue of fishermen, which is a sensitive issue between the two countries. The President of Sri Lanka said, "We discussed the issue of fishermen in detail and we will take steps to leave the boats belonging to India in our possession."
Rajapaksa said that apart from cooperation in the field of security, Modi and he also discussed that economic How the two countries can work together in relation to matters. "We also discussed how India can help in trade between the two countries," he said. Rajapaksa has been the country's former defense minister who is credited with ending the civil war in Sri Lanka. He was sworn in as president on November 18, the next day after winning the presidential election in a very close contest.