Sri Lanka's FM meets PM Modi, thanks him for financial assistance

New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met Finance Minister of Sri Lanka Basil Rajapaksa.

Rajapaksa thanked Prime Minister Modi for the support extended by India for the Sri Lankan economy. He briefed the Prime Minister on initiatives being taken by both countries to increase bilateral economic cooperation and conveyed his thanks for the support extended by India for the Sri Lankan economy, read a statement by the Ministry of External Affairs. 

Prime Minister Modi spoke about the central role that Sri Lanka occupies in India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy and its S.A.G.A.R (Security and Growth for all in the Region) doctrine. He reiterated that India would continue to stand with the friendly people of Sri Lanka.

Finance Minister Rajapaksa noted the deepening of people-to-people relations between both countries, including in the cultural sphere. Prime Minister pointed to the potential for increasing tourist flows, including through the joint promotion of Buddhist and Ramayan tourism circuits.

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla also called on the visiting Rajapaksa and discussed bilateral economic cooperation and opportunities post-pandemic. “Sri Lanka is integral to our Neighbourhood First policy. India will always be a reliable partner for Sri Lanka”, informed the Ministry of External Affairs. (ANI)

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