MoS Muraleedharan visits Colombo, following Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s journey two weeks in the past, highlighting India’s continued give attention to enhancing bilateral ties with Sri Lanka.”
V Muraleedharan, Union Minister of State for Exterior Affairs, arrived in Colombo on Saturday to take part within the seventy fifth Independence Day celebrations of the island nation.
The minister tweeted on Friday, that he arrived in Colombo with happiness to attend the seventy fifth Independence Day celebrations. He expressed gratitude to the Honourable State Minister of Overseas Affairs, Tharaka Balasuriya for the nice and cozy welcome.
In the middle of his two-day go to, Muraleedharan eagerly anticipates his engagements with numerous ministers, additionally interactions with the Indian diaspora. The Union Minister of State will even conduct separate bilateral discussions with President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sri Lankan Overseas Minister, MUM Ali Sabry, protecting areas of mutual curiosity throughout his go to. As per the Ministry of Exterior Affairs press launch, he will even interact in an interactive session with influential members of the Indian Diaspora.
Sri Lanka will have a good time its seventy fifth Independence Day with the intention of saying a brand new reformist future for the following quarter-century. The theme of this 12 months’s celebrations is ‘Namo Namo Matha – A Step in the direction of a Century,’ highlighting the nation’s aspirations for the long run because it strikes nearer to 100 years of independence. The President’s Workplace of Sri Lanka introduced group of cultural and spiritual occasions nationwide for his or her seventy fifth Nationwide Independence Pageant. The launch of a particular commemorative stamp that includes the portrait of India’s first unbiased Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, and a Rs. 1000 commemorative coin throughout the celebrations are additionally deliberate.
The seventy fifth Independence Day celebrations in Sri Lanka additionally embody a lineup of cultural and spiritual applications organized throughout the nation. The Sri Dalada exhibition in Kandy, an exposition of Buddhist relics from Kapilavastu, China, and Pakistan, and an exhibition in Anuradhapura are among the many key highlights. The much-anticipated opening of the Jaffna cultural middle, constructed with an Indian grant, will even happen subsequent week, including to the festivities.
India’s ‘Neighbourhood first coverage’
India shares borders with Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Its coverage in the direction of its neighboring nations focuses primarily on selling peace and cooperation in South Asia.
It’s value mentioning that this 12 months marks the 75th independence anniversary of Sri Lanka and likewise marks the 75th 12 months of diplomatic relations between India and Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka, being an in depth neighbor and pal of India, holds a big place in India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ coverage.’ The nation has an extended historical past of offering financial help to Sri Lanka, and just lately introduced an allocation of Rs. 150 crores within the 2023-2024 Union Price range. This dedication additionally aligns with India’s coverage of prioritizing its speedy neighborhood in South Asia, and its intention to construct peace and cooperation within the area.
India stays devoted to supporting the individuals of Sri Lanka of their pursuit of financial restoration, progress, and prosperity.
Minister of Exterior Affairs, S Jaishankar, congratulates Sri Lanka
Minister of Exterior Affairs, S Jaishankar, tweeted heat congratulations to MUM Ali Sabry and the federal government and folks of Sri Lanka on their seventy fifth Independence Day. Jaishankar emphasised that India, guided by its ‘Neighbourhood First’ coverage, will stay a reliable companion and a reliable pal to Sri Lanka.
The go to of MoS MEA, V. Muraleedharan to Sri Lanka is the second high-level go to from India. In January, EAM Dr. S. Jaishankar had additionally visited and expressed India’s assist for Sri Lanka’s debt restructuring program.
India and Sri Lanka have efficiently reinvigorated their bilateral ties the aftermath of the controversial go to of China’s spy monitoring vessel to Hambantota in 2022. Sri Lanka’s envoy to India, Milidan Moragoda, has credited Indian Exterior Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar’s current journey to Colombo for ‘resetting’ the bilateral relations between the 2 nations.
Moragoda additionally expressed gratitude in the direction of India for its assist throughout Sri Lanka’s financial disaster, notably the practically $4 billion in financial help supplied by the Modi authorities. India additionally performed a vital position in facilitating Sri Lanka’s entry to an IMF bailout package deal by providing ensures.
Jaishankar’s go to to Sri Lanka has successfully put the bilateral relationship again on observe, and each nations are dedicated to working collectively in the direction of mutual financial restoration, progress, and prosperity. The 2 nations share an in depth friendship, and Sri Lanka holds a central place in India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ coverage.”