Second Thoughts

India will pursue a comprehensive economic partnership agreement with Sri Lankas new government amid plans for an aid package to rebuild the islands embattled regions, a top envoy said on Thursday.
The Indian High Commissioner (ambassador) here, Nirupam Sen, said talks initiated with the previous government on the economic agreement would continue with the new administration that came to power after last months election. rn

rnHe said New Delhi was keen to push ahead with greater economic cooperation between the two countries and noted that a US$ 150 mn Indian credit line had been well utilised to import commodities and merchandise. rn

rnNew Delhi was also ready to put together a package of aid and grants to help rebuild Sri Lankas embattled northeast region, Sen told reporters here after gifting a mobile library to a Ramakrishna mission in the islands north.rn

rnrnHe said India would await a proposal from the new government here to work out the package.rn

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