„The cooperation agreement between our customs authorities today is a step in that direction. It will simplify trade and reduce non-tariff barriers on both sides,“ he said. Sri Lanka has signed an agreement with India on the development of railways on a major rail segment linking the North and the South for $91.26 million. The tsunami-affected Southern Railway was also developed as part of the Indian Line of Credit. To date, India has built about 300 kilometres of railways and provided a modern signalling and telecommunications system for about 330 kilometres of track in Sri Lanka. On the eve of the signing of the Indo-Sri Lanka Agreement, Rajiv Gandhi was attacked by Vijitha Rohana head rate at Gandhi`s Honor Guard, which looked like an assassination attempt. The agreement includes the upgrading of 12 crossing stations, seven stops and 78 level crossings between Maho and Omanthai. The statement said it would be the first construction of the 130-kilometre railway line in more than a hundred years. Faced with the possibility of an active Indian intervention and in the face of a population increasingly tired of war at home, Sri Lankan President J.
R. Jayewardene proposed to conduct discussions with the Rajiv Gandhi government on the next steps.  The siege of Jaffna was quickly lifted, followed by a round of negotiations that culminated, on July 29, 1987, in the signing of the agreement between India and Sri Lanka, which resulted in a temporary ceasefire. The terms of the ceasefire established that Sri Lankan troops were withdrawing from the north and disarming the Tamil rebels, and saw the establishment of the Indian peacekeeping force in Sri Lanka. [Citation required] India and Sri Lanka today signed four agreements during Narendra Modi`s inaugural visit to the country, the first bilateral trip by an Indian prime minister in 28 years, with the prime minister announcing a series of measures to renew ties with his strategic neighbour. Sri Lankan Transport Minister Arjuna Ranatunga spoke about the deal at a press conference. . . .