Joint Press Statement at the Conclusion of Bilateral Discussions between India and Sri Lanka on Civil Nuclear Cooperation
JOINT PRESS STATEMENT
The first round of talks between India and Sri Lanka on comprehensive civil nuclear cooperation was held on 12 October 2012 in New Delhi. The Indian delegation was led by Shri Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and included representatives from the Department of Atomic Energy of India. The Sri Lankan delegation was led by Mr. I. Ansar, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of Sri Lanka and included representatives from the Atomic Energy Authority and the Ministry of Power and Energy of Sri Lanka.
2. Discussions were held in a warm, friendly and cordial manner. Both sides exchanged views on all aspects of civil nuclear cooperation and reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the uses of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes to mutual benefit of the people of the two countries. It was agreed that the two sides would work towards a comprehensive Agreement on Bilateral Civil Nuclear Cooperation. Discussions included, inter alia, training of officials, nuclear safety and response to nuclear accidents.
3. It was agreed that the next meeting would be held in Sri Lanka in the first half of 2013.