Indian support for Palaly Airport development

India will provide its full support to Sri Lanka towards the development of the Palaly Airport, inaugurating direct air links form South India to Palaly and Batticaloa and providing 750 jeeps for streamlining the Sri Lanka Police Mobile Services, Indian Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh said.

The Indian Home Affairs Minister gave this assurance when he met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the New Delhi Taj Hotel Niswan Conference Hall on Saturday.

Minister Rajnath Singh said defence cooperation between Sri Lanka and India had brought mutual benefits to both countries.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe thanked India for the support and co-operation extended towards combating crime in Sri Lanka, a press release by the Prime Minister’s office said.

Preimier Wickremesinghe said Sri Lanka had succeeded in reducing its crime rate by 30 percent during the last two years while solutions had been found for almost 90 percent of complaints received.

The release stated that the Indian Home Affairs Minister Agreed to provide Indian Support to ensure legal action regarding alleged match fixing and betting in the field of cricket in Sri Lanka.

Petroleum Resources Development Minister Arjuna Ranatunge who was in the Prime Minister delegation requested that security measures and technology used by India in this regard be shared with Sri Lanka with necessary training in the field.

During the talks, views were also exchanged about training courses given in India for members of the Sri Lankan Security forces and Police.

Youth Affairs, Project Management and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka, Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama, Secretary to the Prime Minister Saman Ekanayake, Sri Lanka High Commissioner in India Chitrangani Wagishwara, Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister Saman Athaudahetty and Prime Minister Special Assistant Sandra Perera wee also present. 

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