On Monday, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During the meeting, Mr. Wickremesinghe said that he wants India to help in training the country’s security forces in counter-terrorism.
After the dreadful Easter terror attacks on April 21 in Sri Lanka, killing 258 people and injuring over 500, PM Modi became the first foreign leader to visit in the country.
PM Modi said that he was confident that Sri Lanka will rise again and cowardly acts of terror cannot defeat the spirit of Sri Lanka. “India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka,” he said.
President Maithripala Sirisena and two other leaders, whom PM Modi met, said they also agree that terrorism was a joint threat which needs collective and focused action.
In a statement, PM Wickremesinghe stated he had assured PM Modi that the delayed Indo-Lanka projects will be expedited. To make sure continued economic operation, a series of joint initiatives were being planned between India and Sri Lanka, said the PM.
According to PM Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister Modi’s constant support towards Sri Lanka will help to strengthen confidence and encourage more people to visit Sri Lanka.
During his trip we discussed matters including the strengthening of regional security through reviving trilateral talks between Sri Lanka, India, and the Maldives,” he was quoted.
“I also requested that India work closely with Sri Lanka’s security forces, providing them with counter-terrorism training and logistical support,” PM Wickremesinghe added.
Sri Lanka’s tourism industry has severely affected after the Easter bombings as several countries issued travel advisories to their nationals. From the tourism sector the island nation, earned about USD 4.4 billion in 2018.
As per reports of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, this year in April it has recorded 166,975 foreign tourists as compared to 180,429 in April 2018. It indicates a 7.5 percent submerge in the arrival of tourists from foreign countries.