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SL-India ties further cemented : Harsha

Sri Lanka and India will further cement their friendship with the signing of the agreement for the second phase of the Indian Ambulance Service under the auspices of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today (3) at Temple Trees.

National Policies and Economic Affairs Deputy Minister Harsha de Silva will sign the agreement on behalf of Sri Lanka, whilst the Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu would sign on behalf of India. The ambulance service which was initiated in 2015 as a concept promoted by Deputy Minister de Silva and as a result of discussions held between the Sri Lankan Prime Minister and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

The first phase received 88 ambulances which were deployed in the Western Province and the Southern Province. The ambulances from the second phase in the meantime would cover all districts.

The second phase would also involve a grant of US$ 15 million along with the ambulances. The 1990 Suwaseriya Ambulance Service which is equipped with all necessary equipment, could be considered a small hospital, said the Deputy Minister. He added that 500 people were employed through the service.