Buddhist ties between countries to be implemented shortly – Indian HC
The High Commissioner of India Gopal Baglay called on the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa on 15 October.
This was their first meeting after the Virtual Bilateral Summit (VBS) between the Prime Ministers of India and Sri Lanka held on 26 September, and afforded an opportunity to follow up on implementation of the decisions taken in that interaction.
Referring to the tone set by the two Leaders in the VBS for expanding existing mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation in a number of areas, Baglay sought the guidance of Rajapaksa for further steps, including in the spheres of priority to Sri Lanka.
Baglay mentioned to Rajapaksa, he and his colleagues in the High Commission had fruitful discussions in the days since the VBS with a number of senior Members of Sri Lanka’s Cabinet, including in the areas of economy, connectivity, power and energy, agriculture and animal husbandry, development cooperation, education and capacity building, water and sanitation, health and pharmaceuticals, culture and people-to-people relations In the context of the Government of Sri Lanka’s high priority attached to water, sanitation, agriculture and manufacturing, Baglay stated, India was ready for developing further bilateral cooperation in accordance with Sri Lanka’s requirements. He responded positively to the suggestions of Rajapaksa for Indian investment in research and manufacturing in Sri Lanka, including in the pharmaceutical sector.
Baglay stressed the significance of facilitating mutually beneficial trade and investment between India and Sri Lanka.
Recalling the importance attached by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in promoting people-to-people relations between the two countries, Baglay said, the significance of the grant assistance of US$ 15 million announced by Modi during the VBS for promoting Buddhist ties between the two countries. He mentioned, details of its implementation are being discussed with the Sri Lankan authorities concerned.