Sri Lanka assures stronger & deeper cooperation with India
Sri Lanka has assured fullest commitment for stronger and deeper cooperation with India, while appreciating the continued exchanges of goodwill that are evident in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic.
This was conveyed by Sri Lankan foreign minister Dinesh Gunawardena to the newly accredited Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay when the latter met him yesterday.
Both exchanged views on a wide range of bilateral issues during the meeting. The High Commissioner conveyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurances of closer cooperation with Sri Lanka through his neighbourhood first policy.
It was agreed to kick start tourism exchanges based on the ancient foundations of Hindu-Buddhist cultural affinities between the two countries. Also both sides agreed to follow up on the pending Memoranda of Understanding and other bilateral instruments.
It was agreed to work towards mutually beneficial trade, investment, development and political relations in the post COVID-19 new international environment by enhancing maritime cooperation, security exchanges, ensuring food and health security, enhanced assistance for capacity building and technical cooperation.