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Former President of India Abdul Kalam praised President Maithripala Sirisena and the present government for the strategies for increasing domestic food production, elimination of drug menace and environment protection.

He made these observations when he met with President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (26).

Former Indian President was warmly welcomed by the President Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat. He expressed his happiness over meeting of such a great leader and recalled the long-standing relations between Sri Lanka and India.

During this meeting, matters of mutual interests of the two countries were discussed. The Former President of India commends the progress made by Sri Lanka in the fields of Literacy and Tourism.

President Sirisena said he would take action to locally produce food, fruits and medicine which are being imported by Sri Lanka and attempt to be self sufficient in those items within next three years. He stated the country hopes to be self-sufficient in oil and gas, taking the best use of the oil and gas resources in the country.

The President further stated that more attention will be paid on preservation of environment including resources of water and forests. ‘A national programme will be implemented to save the society from drug menace’ he said.

The former Indian President expressed his high appreciation about those matters and said it will be important not only for Sri Lanka, but also for the entire region.

The two leaders exchanged ideas on the friendly cooperation in the fields of science and technology between Sri Lanka and India.

Dr. Abdul Kalam presented two books written by him to President Sirisena. The President also presented a souvenir to the former Indian President.

Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka and Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Y. K. Sinha were also present on this occasion.

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