BRICS Summit 2016: PM Modi meets Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted a picture of PM Narendra Modi and Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena.

By: IANS | Goa | Updated: October 16, 2016 11:18 am
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday held a bilateral meeting with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena ahead of the BRICS-Bimstec Outreach Summit here. “Early morning bilaterals to begin a packed day of diplomacy. PM @narendramodi meets President @MaithripalaS of Sri Lanka for first engagement,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted along with a picture of the two leaders.

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As host of this year’s BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit, India, as is the practice, can invite neighbouring countries to join in for an outreach summit. Following last month’s cross-border terror attack on an Indian Army camp at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir that claimed the lives of 19 Indian soldiers, India chose to invite countries belonging to the Bimstec grouping over those of Saarc.

Countries belonging to the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) are India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand and Sri Lanka. New Delhi blamed Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed for the Uri attack and launched a diplomatic blitz to isolate Islamabad in the international community.

The invitation to Bimstec countries instead of the Saarc countries is being seen as another step in this direction. Pakistan, Afghanistan and Maldives are the members of the South Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) that are also not members of Bimstec. Following the Uri attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also pulled out of this year’s Saarc Summit that was scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November citing Pakistan’s state sponsorship of terrorism as the reason.

Afghanistan and Bangladesh too followed suit citing the same reason while Sri Lanka held that a Saarc summit was not possible in India’s absence. The BRICS-Bimstec Outreach Summit will be held here later on Sunday.

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    mathimathi
    Oct 16, 2016 at 7:15 am
    Is any Srilanka a membership of BRICS?
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      PALAN GAMAN
      Oct 16, 2016 at 10:19 am
      BRICS MEAN BRESIL,RUSSIA,INDIA CHINA and SOUTH AFRICA
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        PALAN GAMAN
        Oct 16, 2016 at 10:18 am
        Sri Lanka is not a member of BRICS B for Bresil R for Russia I for India C for China S for South But neighbouring small countries have been invited and Sri Lankan President is certainly looking for aides to feed all his forces nearly 200000 ( arm forces,police etc ) living all in Tamil areas since 2009. They have already started without knowing to western countries to bring more and more sinhalese immigrants to settle down in theNorth east Tamil area. Of cours India can not ask this little President to stop all these new sinhalese colonies since Sri Lanka is not deeply depending for any ecnomic aides from India. Only United States,world Bank,European Union and China are giving mive ecnomic aids and with these huge financial aides Sri Lankan government is reducing Tamil potion from the Eastern Province and have already started some villages closed to Jaffna. It is too late to stop them and in the presence sinhalese police and soldiers in Jaffna,Batticoala ,Ambarai and Trincomalee,Killinochchi,Vavunia will be soon fallen into sinhalese families.Helpless Tamils will have to come to India and this is one of the dream of all sinhalese people.
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          PALAN GAMAN
          Oct 16, 2016 at 7:20 am
          Very beautiful photo! Can Modi ask this little man Sirisena to remove his 180000 or morelt;br/gt;Sinhalese soldiers from Tamil speaking areas North and North East?lt;br/gt;Can he ask this Sri Lankan president why there are new Sinhalese setlements with fake birth certificates to prove that these new Sinhalese settlers are born in Tamil Area?lt;br/gt;Is Modi going to give him also 2 billions dollars to Sri Lanka like what he did to Bangladesh?lt;br/gt;There is no more LTTE in Jaffna since 2009 but still all three Sinhalese forces in North and northeast ,well settled with their familly
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            sa
            Oct 19, 2016 at 1:28 pm
            well said, I'm really impressed as a sri Lankan (sinhalees)
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