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Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar is slated to visit Sri Lanka this month for two days for bilateral talks, Daily Mirror learns.

However, the final dates of the visit are still being worked out.

This is his first visit to Sri Lanka after President Ranil Wickremesinghe took office in July, last year. During the crisis period, Sri Lanka and India had made key engagements and framed a four-point package including a line of credit to import food, medicines and fuel. India has already extended US $ 4 billion finance assistance in terms of loans, deferment of payments and currency swap arrangements.

As part of bilateral ties, India has sought greater connectivity with Sri Lanka and investments in areas such as port and energy sectors.

Re-establishment of air connectivity between Jaffna and Chennai, and the proposed ferry links between the north of Sri Lanka and the southern ports of India are part of connectivity programmes.

This is the first high profile visit from India in the New Year. Dr. Jaishankar visited Sri Lanka for the last time in March, 2022.

Last month, the Indian External Affairs Ministry Head of Indian Ocean Region, Puneet Agrawal, arrived in Sri Lanka, and had talks with the ministers in charge of Ports, Shipping and Aviation, Foreign Affairs and Power and Energy. Before him, Head of India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) Samant Kumar Goel had interaction with the highest level, including President Wickremesinghe. Mr. Goel also met with Mr. Basil Rajapaksa, the de facto leader of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP).

During the upcoming visit, the two sides are expected to review the progress of work on projects in agreed areas. (Kelum Bandara)


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  • Mendis Friday, 06 January 2023 09:50 AM

    Apart from the bribe taking Sri Lankan politicians, who wants this Indian guy coming to Sri Lanka

    Rohitha Friday, 06 January 2023 10:08 AM

    This is what happens when we Sinhalese and Tamils are not united and get others involved in matters when we don't resolve . We are paying a heavy price and losing our independence. All because of extremism in our society who don't want problems to be resolved amicably and reasonably

    Punchi Friday, 06 January 2023 10:45 AM

    In our neighbourhood Pakistan is in self induced terrorism and financial strife. Bangladesh in financial and other strife. Maldives realises it’s future is with India and building stronger partnerships. Nepal is an acolyte of India. We who thought we were superior to India and now talking about our Buddhist links to compensate for our inferiority to and dependence on an increasing powerful and stable India. Anyway how much money is he going to pledge to us ?

    Sambo Friday, 06 January 2023 11:26 AM

    He is coming here to take his next promise by the government. What will it be. Any ones guess.

    Seqi Friday, 06 January 2023 12:18 PM

    If only Sri Lanka could have a politician of his calibre. He calls a spade, a spade, no mealy mouth when dealing with the Western colonialists. A match for the Blinkens of this world.

    Sensible person Friday, 06 January 2023 12:32 PM

    Yes, since independence we have been subjugating the Tamil speaking people, no action was taken in 1956, 1958, 1977, 1983 , produced the Tamil militant forces and 2009. We either give greater autonomy to the North and East or join India as its next state. We can get rid of unnecessary expenses especially maintaining an unwanted army of 330,000. !!

    Jason Friday, 06 January 2023 01:58 PM

    @Mendis Maybe try saying that without Indian aid stuffed in your mouth, maybe we would understand you better.


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