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Sri Lanka and India on Monday signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement during President Maithripala Sirisena’s first official overseas trip.nuclear missile

Three more pacts covering cooperation in fields including agriculture were announced after talks between Sirisena and Indian Premier Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

“The bilateral agreement on civil nuclear cooperation is yet another demonstration of our mutual trust,” Modi said.

The nuclear pact will ease cooperation in knowledge transfer, training, safety and waste management.

Sri Lanka recently established an atomic energy panel to introduce nuclear power generation and reportedly plans to build an atomic plant by 2031.

Broadcaster NDTV reported that the pact mainly covered training of personnel and would not involve technology transfers.

Sirisena arrived in New Delhi Sunday on a four-day visit to mend bilateral ties affected by tensions over China’s growing influence on Colombo under Sirisena’s predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Sirisena, who defeated Rajapaksa in last month’s presidential election, has indicated that he wants a closer relationship with India.

Modi and Sirisena also discussed reconciliation efforts in Sri Lanka since the end of the civil war in the island nation in 2009.

GNA

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