Important for India-Lanka to strengthen ties based mostly on good neighbourly relations: Harsh Vardhan Shringla

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Monday stated that it will be important for India and Sri Lanka to work collectively to strengthen financial partnership and deepen the time-tested bilateral ties based on the ideas of mutual profit, mutual understanding and a typical function outlined by good neighbourly relations.

Shringla, in his remarks on the inauguration of the Indian Development Cooperation Projects at Temple Trees, the official residence of the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka right here, stated that India and Sri Lanka have each seen main disruptions to their economies by the devastating coronavirus pandemic.

“As we seek rapid socio-economic recovery for our respective countries, it is important to work together to strengthen our economic partnership and deepen our time-tested bilateral ties founded on the principles of mutual benefit, mutual understanding and a common purpose defined by good neighbourly relations,” he was quoted as saying in an announcement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

“Let me state on this occasion that on our part, we will leave no stone unturned in mitigating the adverse impact of the COVID-19 restrictions on our socio-economic engagement and will stand together with the Government of Sri Lanka in its efforts for post-COVID recovery,” he stated.

The Foreign Secretary, who arrived in Sri Lanka on Saturday on a four-day go to, stated that the Indian authorities will even assist the event of services for vacationers and pilgrims at websites related to the Ramayana circuit in Sri Lanka.

Shringla stated that he’s honoured to take part within the ceremony for the inauguration of Indian growth tasks in Sri Lanka.

“This is my first go to to Sri Lanka in my present capability however I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Sri Lanka on various events up to now. During the course of all these years, I’ve been a witness to the great transformation of our ties.

“Yesterday, I had the pleasure of visiting Kandy for a darshan of the blessed Dalada Maligawa temple. I also visited Trincomalee and Jaffna where I saw the Jaffna Cultural Centre, an iconic project built with Indian grant assistance,” he stated.

These locations vividly recount the shared cultural heritage of the 2 international locations and the sturdy bilateral growth partnership, he stated.

Shringla stated that the high-level visits, particularly the state visits of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to India in November 2019 and February 2020 respectively, have given contemporary impetus to the bilateral relations.

“The virtual bilateral summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in September 2020 was an important milestone as it set the template for the future evolution of our cooperation in fields such as defence and security, health, tourism, trade and commerce and people to people ties,” the Foreign Secretary stated.

In the previous one 12 months, India has buttressed its credentials of being a internet safety supplier and first responder in HADR (Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief ) conditions within the wider Indian Ocean area, he stated.

India was pleased to answer Sri Lanka’s requests in latest circumstances of fireside and marine air pollution in its waters, Shringla stated, including that the Indian Navy additionally deployed its belongings for speedy supply of medical grade oxygen to Sri Lanka in August to take care of its COVID-19 state of affairs.

“During the Covid pandemic interval, India saved its air house open for travel for particular and pressing medical wants of Sri Lanka.

“With the easing of the situation in Sri Lanka, it may be opportune for us to work on connectivity initiatives like the Jaffna to Chennai flight, ferry services between Karaikal and Kankesanthurai and Dhanushkodi and Talaimanar and the Buddhist corridor with the new international airport at Kushinagar,” he stated.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s workplace stated Shringla advised him that India was trying ahead to receiving the primary pilgrim flight from Sri Lanka to the Kushinagar airport, a request made by Prime Minister Modi throughout the bilateral digital summit held final 12 months.

Sri Lanka was trying ahead to resuming tourism with India because it has at all times been the island nation’s prime tourism supply, the workplace added.

In his remarks, Shringla stated that in 2009, India commenced its housing venture in Sri Lanka. Over time, this venture has turn into an integral a part of the bilateral growth cooperation partnership.

“Today, we are dedicating 1,235 houses in the third phase of the Indian Housing Project which is spread across the hill country,” he stated.

In 2009, the Sri Lankan authorities introduced an finish to the nation’s civil struggle fought primarily within the north and east of the island nation with the killing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ( LTTE) chief Velupillai Prabhakaran.


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