India has always given priority to SL- Modi

2020-09-26 at 14:42

MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA NARENDRA MODI

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says that India has always given priority to Sri Lanka under its neighbourhood first policy, and security and growth for all in the region doctrine.

Speaking during the virtual summit with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Premier Modi thanked his counterpart for accepting his invitation and noted that that relations between the two countries are thousands of years old.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has commended India’s assistance to regional partners to mitigate the COVID-19 challenges. The Premier also highlighted India’s support to douse the fire onboard an oil tanker in the Eastern seas recently.

The Office of the Prime Minister said two factions held discussions on various topics of mutual interest.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa has raised concerns over the illegal entry of Indian trawlers in Lankan waters including the concerns faced by fishermen in the North as a result.

The summit level interaction focused on bilateral engagements of political, economic, finance, development, defence and security spheres, educational, tourism and cultural as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.

The virtual bilateral summit is Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s first diplomatic engagement with a leader of a foreign country after he was sworn in as the Premier in August and also Premier Modi’s first such virtual engagement with a neighbouring country.

Prior to the virtual summit, the state visits of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Rajapaksa to India had taken place in November 2019 and February 2020 respectively.