|Mahinda - Singh hold Indo - Sri Lanka bilateral talks|
|Friday, 15 October 2010|
President Mahinda Rajapaksa met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today (15) and discussed several matters of bilateral importance.President is in new Delhi where he attended the closing session of the 19th CWG.
Sources said that both the leaders discussed on the progress of the joint programme to build 50,000 houses in the North and East to give shelter to those forced to become Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) due to the the conflict situation created by terrorism.
They also agreed to further strengthen cooperation in security and to continue implementing the agreements reached at the bilateral meeting between the two leaders last June.
Prime Minister Singh appreciated the efforts taken by the Sri Lankan government in accelerating the development process with the restoration of peace.
President Rajapaksa apprised the Prime Minister of the progress in resettling IDPs and the success achieved so far.
Indian Ministers P. Chidambaram, S.M. Krishna, Secretary to External Affairs Nirupama Rao, Sri Lanka External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris, President's Coordinating Secretary on international affairs Sajin Vas Gunawardena, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunge and Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Romesh Jayasinghe participated for the discussion.