Colombo, September 26
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday praised his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for extending assist and cooperation to his nation in a number of areas, together with in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, as the 2 leaders held a “very profitable” digital summit and agreed to spice up the “strong” bilateral ties.
Rajapaksa’s workplace launched a voice recording of the remarks he made through the summit with Prime Minister Modi.
“I need to thank your Honour for the invitation prolonged to attend this summit. That is my first assembly with you since I grew to become the Prime Minister,” Rajapaksa stated.
“Though we’re not assembly head to head our historic friendship would proceed to develop,” he stated, including that because the chief of the SAARC, India had taken the lead in fostering regional cooperation.
“Prime Minister @narendramodi and I held a really profitable Digital Summit at this time to change views on the #SriLanka – #India bilateral cooperation. We each agreed to proceed the two-way dialogue to additional advance the centuries-old, strong relationship between our two international locations,” Rajapaksa stated in a tweet.
Prime Minister @narendramodi and I held a really profitable Digital Summit at this time to change views on the #SriLanka – #India bilateral cooperation. We each agreed to proceed the two-way dialogue to additional advance the centuries-old, strong relationship between our two international locations. pic.twitter.com/9FNV2IbIj7
— Mahinda Rajapaksa (@PresRajapaksa) September 26, 2020
The Sri Lankan Prime Minister instructed his Indian counterpart that his celebration had acquired a big electoral mandate at two successive elections.
“We’re pleased with the big mandate we acquired and I want to guarantee you that we are going to make use of the mandate and create situations for all communities to reside in coexistence,” he stated.
On regional safety, he instructed Modi that Sri Lanka was conscious of India’s prepared cooperation and understanding of points regarding safety and worldwide borders. “You’re supportive of our efforts to seek out options to those points whereas emphasising the necessity to work in shut cooperation,” he stated.
Rajapaksa recalled that India had assisted Sri Lanka in combating COVID-19 because the island nation had acquired reward from the WHO for curbing the pandemic.
Rajapaksa stated the economies of each international locations had been introduced with alternatives within the post-COVID-19 section as Sri Lanka was bent on concentrating on an economic system based mostly on native manufacturing.
He recalled the joint Indo-Lanka effort in dealing with the oil tanker hearth off Sri Lanka’s east coast and stated he was grateful to India for its help.
The summit was the results of Modi’s initiative throughout his phone dialog with Rajapaksa after the ruling SLPP recorded a landslide win within the August parliamentary election. PTI