SAARC Leaders Offer Best Wishes for President Rajapaksa's Re-election and Express Confidence on His Victory


President Mahinda Rajapaksa held bilateral discussions with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the 18th SAARC Summit held in Nepal.

Many of the leaders President Mahinda Rajapaksa met for bilateral discussions on the sidelines of the 18th SAARC Summit offered their best wishes for his re-election bid at the forthcoming presidential election and expressed confidence on his victory.

During the meeting between Sri Lanka and India, Prime Minister Modi expressed his gratitude to President Rajapaksa for granting a pardon and sending back to India the five Indian fishermen, adding that the President’s gesture was appreciated throughout India.

President Rajapaksa requested Prime Minister Modi to consider releasing Sri Lankan fishermen in Indian prisons, some in the state of Andhra and some in Tamil Nadu.

The meeting between Sri Lanka and Pakistan focused considerably on further developing economic relations.

Prime Minister Sharif expressed particular interest in exploring joint ventures in the sugar industry as well as the small and medium-sized enterprises sector.