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India-Sri Lanka Joint Declaration - 09/06/2010 PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
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Monday, 21 June 2010 06:53

1.  At the invitation of the President of India, Smt. Prathiba Devisingh Patil, the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, is paying a State Visit to India from 8th – 11th June 2010. The President is accompanied by Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapaksa.

2. The President of Sri Lanka was accorded a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapathi Bhavan on 9th June 2010. During the visit, the President of Sri Lanka was received by the President of India, who hosted a banquet in his honour.

3. Finance Minister Shri. Pranab Mukherjee, External Affairs Minister Shri. S.M. Krishna, Leader of Opposition Smt. Sushma Swaraj and Chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance Smt. Sonia Gandhi called on President Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa.

4. The President of Sri Lanka had a meeting with the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on 9th June 2010, which was followed by delegation level talks.

5. The official discussions between the two sides were marked by friendship, mutual respect and understanding. The President of Sri Lanka and the Prime Minister of India agreed that the shared cultural and civilizational heritage of India and Sri Lanka and the extensive people-to-people interaction provided the foundation to build a vibrant and multi-faceted partnership. India-Sri Lanka relations have matured and diversified with the passage of time, encompassing all areas of contemporary relevance, including trade, services and investment, development cooperation, science and technology, culture and education.

6. In consonance with their vision of the future of the India-Sri Lanka relations, the two leaders agreed to further harness the enormous potential available for consolidating and strengthening the bilateral partnership by building on shared values and principles of democracy and pluralism, leveraging common strategic concerns and interests, enhancing connectivity between the two countries, increasing the integration of their economies, and reinforcing the institutional framework for cooperation.

7. The Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, congratulated the President of Sri Lanka, Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, on his recent electoral victories and conveyed that the recent elections, together with the cessation of hostilities in Sri Lanka in May 2009, provided a historic opportunity for the country's leaders to address all outstanding issues in a spirit of understanding and mutual accommodation and to work towards genuine national reconciliation. The Prime Minister emphasised that a meaningful devolution package, building upon the 13th Amendment, would create the necessary conditions for a lasting political settlement. The President of Sri Lanka reiterated his determination to evolve a political settlement acceptable to all communities that would act as a catalyst to create the necessary conditions in which all the people of Sri Lanka could lead their lives in an atmosphere of peace, justice and dignity, consistent with democracy, pluralism, equal opportunity and respect for human rights. Towards this end, the President expressed his resolve to continue to implement in particular the relevant provisions of the Constitution designed to strengthen national amity and reconciliation through empowerment. In this context, he shared his ideas on conducting a broader dialogue with all parties involved. The Prime Minister of India expressed India’s constructive support for efforts that build peace and reconciliation among all communities in Sri Lanka.

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India-Sri Lanka Foundation assists award winning Sri Lankan Students PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
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Four students from various institutions in Sri Lanka, whose participation was financed by the India-Sri Lanka Foundation, won four awards at the Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) Model United Nations Summit 2010 held at Pilani, Rajasthan from 12-14 February 2010. 

The India-Sri Lanka Foundation (ISLF) is a trust jointly set-up by the governments of Sri Lanka and India, to promote better understanding between the people of the two countries. The ISLF financed the participation of six (06) students from prominent educational institutions in Sri Lanka. 

Mr. Yohan Senarath of Colombo International School won the Best Delegate award at the Security Council, while Mr. Zainul Meeadh of D.S. Senanayake College was presented the Higher Commendation award at the Human Rights Council. The Special Mention award at the General Assembly was given to Ms. Danushka Medawatte of the University of Colombo and the Special Mention award at the Economic and Social Council was given to Mr. Laknath Gunathilake of the University of Kelaniya. 

The Model United Nations Summit is an academic simulation of the United Nations, wherein the students take up the role of delegates of various countries and reflect, deliberate and debate on issues of importance to the world. The event was organized in collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre in New Delhi.

 

New Delhi

19 February 2010

 

 


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