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PM Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart also discussed the need for an implementation of 13th amendment to Sri Lankan Constitution, aimed at ‘realising expectations of Tamils’.
PM Modi & his Sri Lankan counterpart Rajapaksa are expected to discuss anti-terror cooperation, overall defence, trade ties and India's development projects in Sri Lanka.
The MT New Diamond, carrying two million barrels of crude oil from Kuwait to India, caught fire off the Sri Lankan coast on 3 September, killing one crew member and injuring another.
The MT New Diamond, which was transporting crude oil from Kuwait to India, caught fire on 3 September, killing one Filipino crew member and injuring another.
Intense fire-fighting efforts taken up by the Indian Coast Guard and Sri Lankan Air Force and Navy since 3 September had led to localisation of the fire in the ship, a defence release said no oil spill has been reported.
The ship carrying 270,000 metric tonnes of crude oil was towed to the deep sea away from land and the fire was successfully contained at 5:30 am Saturday.
The Indian Coast Guard said that it pressed into action 3 ships and a Dornier aircraft after Sri Lankan Navy sought help to control the fire onboard the crude carrier, New Diamond.
Tanker chartered by IOC was transporting 2 million barrels of Kuwaiti crude to Paradip refinery when there was fire in engine room 65 km east of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka's Foreign Secretary Jayanath Colombage said India's strategic security interests will be protected, amid China's growing presence in the island nation.
For leaders in India's neighbourhood such as Nepal PM K. P. Sharma Oli, it is in their long-term political interest to be seen as an ally of India.