India calls for stronger ties with Sri Lanka

2019-11-30 at 14:07

The President of India Ram Nath Kovind says Indo-Sri Lanka ties will be taken to a historical high after the newly appointed President Gotabaya Rajapaksa decided to tour India as part of his inaugural overseas visit.

The Indian President expressed these views after hosting President Rajapaksa for a banquet, at the President’s Palace in Delhi.

President Kovind said the Indo-Sri Lanka bilateral relationship has its own standing and footing, and urged President Rajapaksa to strengthen cooperation in all fields to promote shared security and development of both countries and the region.

Indian President Kovind is of the view that cordial relations between the two nations will help foster a strong South Asian region.

President Rajapaksa meanwhile has expressed his desire to strengthen trade, economic and social ties with India during his rule. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s official visit to India draws to an end today.

The President’s Media Division stated that the President is expected to participate in several programmes today.

Yesterday, President Rajapaksa held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several other high-ranking Indian officials.

President Rajapaksa and Indian Premier Modi, during bilateral talks, reached several important decisions for both countries.