India, Sri Lanka sign MoUs on health, school renovation

SRI LANKA-INDIA-DIPLOMACY External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj shakes hands with Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera in Colombo | AFP

India and Sri Lanka on Friday signed two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) here - one in the health sector and another on renovation of schools.

Under the MoU on health, India will construct a surgical unit at the Batticaloa Teaching Hospital in the island nation's Eastern province and supply medical equipment, according to a tweet posted by external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup.

According to the second MoU, India will aid in the renovation of 27 schools in the Northern Province, Swarup said in a separate tweet.

The MoUs were signed after the ninth session of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission here that was co-chaired by Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Sri Lankan counterpart Mangala Samaraweera.

The India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission was established in 1992 as an effective mechanism to address matters pertaining to bilateral cooperation.

Earlier on Fiday, after arriving here on a two-day visit to Sri Lanka, Sushma Swaraj called on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

During the course of her visit, she will also call on Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and former president Chandrika Kumaratunga.

On Saturday, the Indian minister will inaugurate a "Rise of Digital India" exhibition as part of "Sangam - Festival of India in Sri Lanka 2015-16".

The exhibition will showcase the rise of the computing sector and digital technologies in India.

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