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PM Modi, Sri Lankan President jointly inaugurate Duraiappah Stadium in Jaffna
Duraiappah Stadium is not just a brick and mortar. It is a symbol of optimism & economic development: PM
India strongly believes that it's economic growth brings benefits for it's neighbours: PM Modi
Duraiappah Stadium embodies the spirit of our cooperation. India's support for Sri Lanka's development is a promise of our friendship: PM

Subah Udesanak Veva, Ayubowan

Last year, in March, I was in Jaffna.

The warmth and affection that I received from the people of Jaffna is still fresh in my mind.

It was a historic day because it was the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Jaffna.

Today is another landmark day.

When, once again, we celebrate our partnership with the people of Sri Lanka and with residents of Jaffna.

Today, along with President Sirisena, we dedicate the renovated Durraiappah Stadium to the people of Sri Lanka.

And, we are not alone.

The modern tools of communication have enabled 1.25 billion people of India and the friendly people of Sri Lanka to join us in this celebration.

Friends,

After a wait of nearly 20 years, your applause and cheer will once again rekindle the soul of Durraiappah Stadium.

Even while we are sitting thousands of kilometres away in Delhi, we can feel the pulse of vibrancy and atmosphere of change in Jaffna.

The Durraiappah Stadium is not just brick and mortar.

It is a symbol of optimism and economic development.

An arena for a prosperous and healthy future for Jaffna's youth.

It demonstrates your determination to shed the legacy of violence and pursue the path of economic progress.

Its foundations are supported by your courage and great sacrifices.

Its successful completion is a signal that you have left the past behind and are looking to the promise of a prosperous future.

Excellency Sirisena,

I also salute your visionary leadership and of Prime Minister Wickremesinghe the Governor and the Chief Minister of the Northern Province in ensuring the success of this project. 

Friends,

Our relations are not limited to the confines of our two governments. They reside in the rich contacts of our history, culture, language, art, and geography.

India strongly believes that its economic growth must drive and bring benefit to its neighbours.

Durraiappah Stadium embodies the spirit of our cooperation. Indeed, India's support for Sri Lanka's development is a promise of our friendship.

And, that it will be based on your priorities and your needs is an assurance that you can rely on.

This is what makes our enduring ties relevant to our present, as also to our future.

Friends,

India's desire is to see an economically prosperous Sri Lanka.

A Sri Lanka where: -unity and integrity; -peace, harmony and security; and -equal opportunity and dignity.

prevails throughout the country among all its people.

Excellency Sirisena and Friends,

In about seventy-two hours from now, the world would be celebrating the second anniversary of the International day of Yoga on 21 June.

Sri Lanka was among the first supporters of the UN resolution on this subject in 2014.

And, today, we have celebrated the start of the International day of Yoga with a curtain raiser from Jaffna, from this Durraiappah Stadium.

The 'Surya Namaskar', performed just a short while ago, has sent the message of holistic healthcare, harmonious and sustainable living with nature to the world.

We could not have asked for a more fitting start and tribute to the International Day of Yoga.

Excellency President Sirisena

I once again thank you; the entire leadership present on your side, and the lovely people of Jaffna for this opportunity.

Durraiappah Stadium will stand as yet another symbol of our lasting friendship.

India will walk side by side with Sri Lanka as it charts its own path to progress and prosperity for all of its citizens.

I once again convey greetings to the people of Sri Lanka from 1.25 billion people of India.

Bohoma Stuti, Mikka Nandri, Thank you very much

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INDIA-EU LEADERS' MEETING
May 08, 2021
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At the invitation of the President of the European Council Mr. Charles Michel, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the India-EU Leaders’ Meeting today.

The meeting was held in a hybrid format with the participation of leaders of all the 27 EU Member States as well as the President of the European Council and the European Commission. This is the first time that the EU hosted a meeting with India in the EU+27 format. The meeting was the initiative of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

During the meeting, the leaders expressed their desire to further strengthen the India-EU Strategic Partnership based on a shared commitment to democracy, fundamental freedoms, rule of law and multilateralism. They exchanged views on three key thematic areas: i) foreign policy and security; ii) COVID-19, climate and environment; and iii) trade, connectivity and technology. They discussed forging closer cooperation on combating the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery, tackling climate change, and reforming multilateral institutions. India appreciated the prompt assistance provided by the EU and its member states to combat its second COVID wave.

The leaders welcomed the decision to resume negotiations for balanced and comprehensive free trade and investment agreements. Negotiations on both the Trade and Investment Agreements will be pursued on parallel tracks with an intention to achieve early conclusion of both agreements together. This is a major outcome which will enable the two sides to realise the full potential of the economic partnership. India and the EU also announced dedicated dialogues on WTO issues, regulatory cooperation, market access issues and supply chain resilience, demonstrating the desire to deepen and further diversify economic engagement.

India and the EU launched an ambitious and comprehensive ‘Connectivity Partnership’ which is focused on enhancing digital, energy, transport and people-to-people connectivity. The Partnership is based on the shared principles of social, economic, fiscal, climate and environmental sustainability, and respect for international law and commitments. The Partnership will catalyse private and public financing for connectivity projects. It will also foster new synergies for supporting connectivity initiatives in third countries, including in the Indo-Pacific.

India and the EU leaders reiterated their commitment to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and agreed to strengthen joint efforts for mitigation, adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change, as well as providing means of implementation including finance in the context of COP26. India welcomed the EU’s decision to join CDRI.

India and the EU also agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation on digital and emerging technologies such as 5G, AI, Quantum and High-Performance Computing including through the early operationalization of the Joint Task Force on AI and the Digital Investment Forum.

The leaders noted with satisfaction the growing convergences on regional and global issues, including counterterrorism, cybersecurity and maritime cooperation. The leaders acknowledged the importance of a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific and agreed to closely engage in the region, including in the context of India’s Indo-Pacific Ocean’s Initiative and the EU’s new strategy on the Indo-Pacific.

Coinciding with the Leaders’ Meeting, an India-EU Business Roundtable was organised to highlight the avenues for cooperation in climate, digital and healthcare. A finance contract of Euro 150 million for the Pune Metro Rail Project was signed by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and European Investment Bank.

India-EU Leaders Meeting has set a significant milestone by providing a new direction to the Strategic Partnership and giving a fresh impetus for implementing the ambitious India-EU Roadmap 2025 adopted at the 15th India-EU Summit held in July 2020.