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    October 21, 2018

    India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressing regret and disappointment over the delay of implementing family development projects agreed under the 2017 Memorandum of Understanding between India and Sri Lanka has requested the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to take steps to expedite the projects.

    Prime Minister Modi made this request when he met the Sri Lankan Premier and his delegation on Saturday at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi, a statement released by the Sri Lankan Prime Minister's Office said.
    Prime Minister Modi also hosted a luncheon for the Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and the Sri Lankan delegation.The Indian Premier, noting that despite spending most of his time for diplomatic affairs on Sri Lanka, the response from the island nation towards the Indian projects is disappointing, urged his Sri Lankan counterpart to discuss without hesitation if there is any doubt or a problem regarding him or the government of India.

    Stressing that there is no issue or doubt with the Indian Premier or the government, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe expressed regret if there was any misunderstanding.Expressing gratitude to the Indian Prime Minister and the government of India, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said he has also paid attention to the delay in implementing Indian projects and assured to take appropriate measures to accelerate the projects.
    The Indian Prime Minister pointing out that the relations between Sri Lanka and India strengthened to a stronger level after 2015, emphasized that his goal is the development and prosperity of neighboring Sri Lanka.He stressed that the continuing uninterrupted, close relations between the two countries are very important when considering the economic, cultural and defense sectors.
    Prime Minister Modi noted that during his meeting with Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena in Kathmandu for strengthening ties, they exchanged views on the implementation of all the work in accordance with the 2015 MoU.
    Mr. Wickremesinghe on behalf of all Sri Lankans gratefully thanked Mr. Modi for contributing to the health of thousands of lives by providing the Suva Seriya ambulance services.Appreciating the support given by India to provide housing infrastructure facilities in Sri Lanka and development in other sectors, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe requested Mr. Modi's support to provide knowledge about new trends in education to the Sri Lankan students.

    The Indian Prime Minister said the necessary arrangements will be made for the construction of 10,000 houses for the plantation sector.Prime Minister Modi stressing the need to pay close attention to security matters, pointed out the need to pay more attention to mediation.
    Mr. Wickremesinghe emphasizing that Sri Lanka would do anything that would threaten India's security, said Sri Lanka is working with any country in the world only in the economic and cultural fields The Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Arjuna Rantunga has requested the Indian Prime Minister to assist in the suppression of corruption in Sri Lanka cricket.
    Premier Modi responded that his Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley has experience in many anti-corruption projects in India and suggested to Minister Ranatunga initiate discussions with him for a start. The authorities immediately organized the discussion.
    Ministers Sagala Ratnayake, Arjuna Rantunga and Malik Samarawickrema also participated in the meeting with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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