Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla Begins four-day Visit To Sri Lanka

Colombo: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla has begun his four-day visit to Sri Lanka during which he will meet the top leadership, including President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister  Mahinda Rajapaksa, and review the bilateral ties between India and the island nation.

According to the ministry press release, “The visit will contribute towards the long-standing multi-faceted relations and enhance bilateral partnership between the two countries.”  Shringla will also visit the central district of Kandy, the eastern port district of Trincomalee and the northern city of Jaffna. This is his first Lanka visit after assuming the position of foreign secretary in January last year.

President Rajapaksa, who was in the US for the UN General assembly sessions, will return to the country on Monday, officials here said, adding that his meeting with Shringla will happen as planned.

The visit of Shringla will provide an opening to review bilateral ties, the progress of ongoing bilateral projects and ongoing cooperation to tackle Covid related disruptions, the Indian High Commission here said on Friday. His visit came days after Ahmedabad-headquartered Indian multinational conglomerate Adani Group entered into an agreement with Lanka government-owned Port Authority to develop the Colombo Port’s West International Container Terminal.

In his talks in Colombo, Shringla is also expected to reiterate India's views on the long-pending Tamil issue. India has been consistently calling upon Sri Lanka to fulfil its pledge to protect the interests of the Tamil community and preserve the island nation's character as a multi-ethnic and multi-religious society.

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