shringla: Foreign secretary Shringla begins 4-day visit to Sri Lanka | India News – Times of India

COLOMBO: Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Saturday started his 4-day visit to Sri Lanka throughout which he’ll meet the highest management, together with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, and assessment the bilateral ties between India and the island nation.
Shringla arrived at the moment on the invitation of his Lankan counterpart Jayanath Colombage, the overseas ministry mentioned on Saturday.
“The visit will contribute towards the long-standing multi-faceted relations and enhance bilateral partnership between the two countries,” the ministry mentioned in a press launch.
Shringla will even visit the central district of Kandy, japanese port district of Trincomalee and the northern metropolis of Jaffna.
This is his first Lanka visit after assuming the place of overseas secretary in January final yr.
The visit of Shringla will present a chance to assessment bilateral ties, progress of ongoing bilateral initiatives and ongoing cooperation to sort out Covid associated disruptions, the Indian High Commission right here mentioned on Friday.
His visit got here days after Ahmedabad-headquartered Indian multinational conglomerate Adani Group entered into an settlement with Lanka authorities owned Port Authority to develop the Colombo Port’s West International Container Terminal.
The USD 700 million Build-Operate-Transfer deal is the most important overseas funding ever within the port sector of the island nation, the Lankan authorities has mentioned.
Announcing Shringla’s visit, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday mentioned Lanka occupies a central place in India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ coverage and Shringla’s visit signifies the significance each the nations connect to strengthening their shut and cordial relations in all spheres of mutual curiosity.
His visit is happening at a time when Lanka is reeling below financial hardships and he’s probably to assess whether or not India might prolong any help to the island nation to tide over the state of affairs.
It is learnt that issues relating to the constructing of the western container terminal on the Colombo port are additionally probably to determine through the overseas secretary’s visit to the neighbouring nation.
In his talks in Colombo, Sringla can also be anticipated to reiterate India’s views on the lengthy-pending Tamil concern.
India has been constantly calling upon Sri Lanka to fulfil its commitments to shield the pursuits of the Tamil group and protect the island nation’s character as a multi-ethnic and multi-spiritual society.
The Tamil group in Sri Lanka has been demanding the implementation of the thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution that gives for devolution of energy to it. The thirteenth modification was introduced in after the Indo-Sri Lankan settlement of 1987.

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