International ministers of India and Sri Lanka at a joint press briefing  |  Photo Credit score: ANI
Colombo: India on Wednesday assured Sri Lanka that it could possibly depend upon the South Asian large as a dependable accomplice within the area. Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who’s in Colombo on a three-day go to, mentioned India has at all times underlined unity and territorial integrity of the island nation.
“India has been strongly dedicated to unity, stability and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka. India can be a reliable and dependable accomplice,” Jaishankar mentioned at a joint press briefing alongside along with his Sri Lankan counterpart Dinesh Gunawardena.
Jaishankar mentioned New Delhi was prepared to help Colombo in enhancing its capabilities to satisfy rising maritime and safety challenges within the Indian Ocean area.
It could be famous that China has elevated its actions within the Indian Ocean, which is a reason for concern for the area’s nations.
Jaishankar mentioned his authorities is put up COVID-19 cooperation with Sri Lanka.
“I consider COVID has given us a chance to work much more carefully collectively. It hasn’t dented our bilateral cooperation however the digital summit between our prime ministers was the watermark of our relationship final 12 months,” the Exterior Affairs Minister famous.
The minister additionally hoped for the early return of Indian fishermen from Sri Lanka, who had been captured by the island nation’s Navy. He famous that the India- Sri Lanka joint working group on fisheries had met not too long ago and mentioned all excellent points.
Jaishankar identified throughout talks right this moment that Indian companies had been very eager to put money into Sri Lanka.
“We have talked about particular zones for pharmaceutical manufacturing and tourism,” he mentioned.
On his half, the Sri Lankan International Minister thanked India for the assist offered by it through the coronavirus pandemic.
“On behalf of President of Sri Lanka, the federal government and the individuals for Sri Lanka, I convey our profound gratitude to PM Modi and the Indian authorities for the large assist India prolonged previously a number of months to mitigate the adversarial influence of the COVID pandemic,” Gunawardena mentioned.
“India’s Neighbourhood First coverage has made a constructive influence on the well being sector and financial system throughout this era of unprecedented disaster,” he added.