Finance Minister Rajapaksa noted the deepening of people-to-people relations between the two countries, including in the cultural field
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PTI
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa on Wednesday where Rajapaksa thanked Prime Minister Modi for India’s support to the Sri Lankan economy.
Rajapaksa briefed the Prime Minister on initiatives taken by the two countries to increase bilateral economic cooperation and expressed his thanks for India’s support to the Sri Lankan economy, the Ministry of External Affairs wrote in its statement. Press.
Prime Minister Modi spoke of Sri Lanka’s central role in India’s ‘neighborhood first’ policy and its SAGAR (security and growth for all in the region) doctrine. He reaffirmed that India will continue to stand with the friendly people of Sri Lanka.
Finance Minister Rajapaksa noted the deepening of people-to-people relations between the two countries, including in the cultural field. The Prime Minister underlined the potential for increased tourist flows, in particular through the joint promotion of Buddhist and Ramyan tourist circuits.
Foreign Minister Harsh Vardhan Shringla also called the visiting Rajapaksa and discussed bilateral economic cooperation and post-pandemic opportunities. “Sri Lanka is an integral part of our neighborhood first policy. India will always be a reliable partner for Sri Lanka,” the foreign ministry said.