India gives confidence to Sri Lanka, will make relations deeper, a clear signal to China

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Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Monday said it is essential that India and Sri Lanka work together to deepen bilateral ties. Shringla said that this economic partnership is built on the foundation of a shared purpose defined by mutual benefit, mutual understanding and good neighbourhood. The Foreign Secretary is believed to have assured Sri Lanka that India stands with its neighboring country. Through this, India has also given a big message to China, which has trapped Sri Lanka in its debt trap. Speaking at the launch of Indian development cooperation projects at the ‘Temple Trees’, the official residence of the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Shringla said the economies of India and Sri Lanka have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, Shringla was quoted as saying, “In our respective countries, we are making efforts for social and economic reforms at a rapid pace. At the same time, it is imperative that we work together to strengthen the economic partnership and deepen bilateral relations built on the foundation of a common purpose defined by mutual benefit, mutual understanding and good neighbourhoods. The Indian Foreign Secretary said, ‘I would like to take this opportunity to say that on our part, we will leave no stone unturned to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 restrictions on our socio-economic relations and the Government of Sri Lanka in the post-Covid reform efforts. I stand with you.’ Shringla reached Sri Lanka on Saturday on a four-day visit. He said that the Government of India will help in the development of facilities for tourists and devotees in areas related to Ramayana in Sri Lanka. The Foreign Secretary said that he is proud to attend the inauguration ceremony of Indian development projects in Sri Lanka. Shringla said that the high level visits and especially the state visits of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in November 2019 and February 2020 respectively have given impetus to bilateral relations. The Foreign Secretary said, “The Digital Bilateral Summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in September 2020 has been an important milestone that has marked our cooperation in areas such as defense and security, health, tourism, trade and commerce and people-to-people ties. Prepared the roadmap of the future.’

[Attribution to NBT]

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