October 8

Ranil in India on threeday official visit

Refuting opposition’s claim that the Sri Lankan Prime Minister will sign a comprehensive trade treaty with India, Mr Samarawickrema said in a statement that the new Government’s objective is to focus on uplifting Sri Lanka and help the local economy generate much-needed jobs for youth through close ties with India.He said, Sri Lanka is keen to have stronger ties with India on areas such as investment, technology, education, agriculture, industrial development and culture. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile, International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrema, who is accompanying Wickremesinghe, had said that the focus of the Prime Minister’s visit will be more than just negotiations on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement which covers only trade and services. The Prime Minister will call on President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday at Rashtrapati Bhawan and hold talks. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe left for New Delhi today on a three-day visit. During his stay, he will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow and there will be a press statement by the two Prime Ministers, India’s National radio announced today.Thereafter, the two countries are likely to sign MoUs in various sectors. read more