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Sri Lanka considering nuclear pact with Pakistan, snubbing India – paper

The Hindustan Times has reported that Sri Lanka is moving towards a nuclear agreement with Pakistan.

The paper reports that although India has proposed a similar pact, Sri Lanka was “dragging its feet” by not scheduling talks, after initial discussions last October, subsequent to which Delhi sent Colombo a draft pact.

Official sources said, “We are yet to hear from them,” despite offering a “comprehensive pact”.

According to the Hindustan Times, sources said foreign secretary-level talks between Sri Lanka and Pakistan have identified civil nuclear technology as a major area of cooperation and that statements made by Lankan authorities show their intent to negotiate nuclear deals with both India and Pakistan.

The paper said the reluctance to sign the pact with India was an "apparent tit-for-tat" after India's UNHRC votes against Sri Lanka.

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