Indo-Lankan Ties: Milinda Moragoda, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India, met with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to discuss advancing the relationship between their two countries. The meeting was confirmed in a statement from Sri Lanka’s High Commission, which also stated that the two reviewed the current status of Sri Lanka-India relations.
Jaishankar had recently concluded an official visit to Sri Lanka, where he met with President Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry.
A useful meeting with @MilindaMoragoda , High Commissioner of Sri Lanka.
Reviewed my recent visit to Sri Lanka and taking the understandings forward. pic.twitter.com/3cUV5HUger
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) January 31, 2023
India committed to boost Sri Lanka’s economy
Jaishankar emphasized India’s commitment to boosting investment in Sri Lanka to accelerate its economic recovery. He plans to hold discussions with Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Ali Sabry, Minister of Ports, Shipping & Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport, Highways, and Mass Media Bandula Gunawardhana, and Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera on the India-Sri Lanka partnership.
The Ministry of External Affairs announced Jaishankar’s visit to Sri Lanka, following his previous visits in January 2021 and March 2022. As a close friend and neighbor, India has consistently supported the people of Sri Lanka. India and Sri Lanka have a strong relationship and, under the “Neighbourhood First Policy”, India provided $3.9 billion in aid to help Sri Lanka address its acute economic and financial crisis and meet immediate needs, including medicines, cooking gas, oil, and food items, according to News 19.
India extended financial support
Jaishankar concluded his official visit to Sri Lanka on January 20th. During the trip, he met with President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and held official talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ali Sabry.
According to a Sri Lanka-based news publication, India provided $3.9 billion in aid to assist Sri Lanka in addressing its acute economic and financial crisis and meeting immediate needs, such as medicines, cooking gas, oil, and food items.