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India Reaches Out to Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Published Nov 19, 2019
Updated Feb 06, 2020

Colombo Page reported that Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on an invitation extended by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s will visit India on 29th November.

Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar who arrived in Colombo for a short visit met with President Rajapaksa on 19 November to convey Prime Minister Modi’s message.

The Indian Minister on Twitter said he conveyed Prime Minister Modi’s message of a partnership for shared peace, progress, prosperity & security expressing confidence that India Sri Lanka relations would reach greater heights under the leadership of the new President.

“A warm meeting with Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Conveyed PM Narendra Modi’s message of a partnership for shared peace, progress, prosperity & security. Confident that under his leadership, India Sri Lanka relations would reach greater heights.”

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has accepted PM Narendra Modi’s invitation to visit India on 29th November, Minister Jaishankar said.

Prime Minister Modi congratulating Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa over telephone on his electoral victory in the Presidential elections held Saturday (November 16), has extended an invitation to the new President to visit India at his early convenience.

“Conveying the good wishes on behalf of the people of India and on his own behalf, the Prime Minister expressed confidence that under the able leadership of Mr. Rajapaksa the people of Sri Lanka will progress further on the path of peace and prosperity and fraternal, cultural, historical and civilizational ties between India and Sri Lanka will be further strengthened,” Prime Minister Modi’s Office said in a statement.

The Prime Minister has reiterated India’s commitment to continue to work with the Government of Sri Lanka to these ends.

Mr. Rajapaksa thanking the Prime Minister for his good wishes has accepted the invitation for a visit. He also expressed his readiness to work with India very closely to ensure development and security.

The outreach comes amidst concerns in the strategic community in India that Mr Gothabaya Rajapaksa’s past pro China tilt may lead to dominance of the political, economic and security space in Colombo by Beijing.

In his inauguration address. Rajapaksa said. “We want to remain neutral in our foreign relations and stay out of any conflicts among the world powers.” “We will have our fullest commitment to achieve the sustainable development goals of the UN,” he said. “The Government should always set an example to the society.

” He called on other nations to respect the sovereignty of Sri Lanka. The recently concluded elections saw the beginning of a new political culture in this country and the examples set would be continued in future activities of the government”.