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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today had five bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the SAARC Summit in Kathmandu. These were with the Prime Minister of Bhutan Mr. Tshering Tobgay, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Ms. Sheikh Hasina, the President of Afghanistan Dr. Ashraf Ghani, the President of Sri Lanka Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa and the President of Maldives Mr. Abdulla Yameen.

A large part of the discussions centred around the statements made and events at the SAARC Summit.

During the bilateral meetings, various heads of Government complimented the Prime Minister for his statement at the SAARC Summit and his forward looking vision. The Prime Minister was also complimented for his initiative of the SAARC satellite. Some countries also shared what they look forward to from such a satellite. The Prime Minister`s emphasis on solar energy was also greeted with enthusiasm during these meetings.

Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives reiterated their invitations to the Prime Minister, and the Prime Minister emphasized that engagement with SAARC nations is a priority for him. The Prime Minister invited Mr. Tshering Tobgay, the Prime Minister of Bhutan to visit India in January, and also be part of the Vibrant Gujarat summit.

The Prime Minister also invited the President of Afghanistan Dr. Ashraf Ghani to visit India.

The National Security Advisor will travel to Sri Lanka and Maldives next month. Maritime security shall be on the agenda during these visits.

The Prime Ministers of India and Bangladesh had a detailed exchange of views on matters relating to security and terrorism which impact both countries.

At the 18th SAARC Summit held at Kathmandu in Nepal, Shri Narendra Modi had fruitful meetings with SAARC leaders.

Bangladesh:

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 26, 2014 Bhutan:

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 26, 2014

— Tshering Tobgay (@tsheringtobgay) November 26, 2014

— Tshering Tobgay (@tsheringtobgay) November 26, 2014 Afghanistan:

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 26, 2014 Sri Lanka:

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 26, 2014

— Mahinda Rajapaksa (@PresRajapaksa) November 26, 2014

— Mahinda Rajapaksa (@PresRajapaksa) November 26, 2014

— Mahinda Rajapaksa (@PresRajapaksa) November 26, 2014

— Mahinda Rajapaksa (@PresRajapaksa) November 26, 2014 Maldives:

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 26, 2014

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PM congratulates President-elect of Sri Lanka Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa over telephone
November 17, 2019
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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi congratulated President-elect of Sri Lanka Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa over telephone on his electoral victory in the Presidential elections held in Sri Lanka yesterday.

Conveying the good wishes on behalf of the people of India and on his own behalf, the Prime Minister expressed confidence that under the able leadership of Mr. Rajapaksa the people of Sri Lanka will progress further on the path of peace and prosperity and fraternal, cultural, historical  and civilisational ties between India and Sri Lanka will be further strengthened. The Prime Minister reiterated India’s commitment to continue to work with the Government of Sri Lanka to these ends.

Mr. Rajapaksa thanked the Prime Minister  for his good wishes. He also expressed his readiness to work with India very closely to ensure development and security.

The Prime Minister extended an invitation to Mr. Rajapaksa to visit India at his early convenience. The invitation was accepted