India will give its fullest support to Sri Lanka's policies; Assures
Indian Foreign Minister
Indian Foreign Minister Mrs. Sushma Swaraj says the
government of India solidly thanks Sri Lanka for its policies behind the
reconciliation and the development.
She says India admires the speech recently delivered
by President Maithripala Sirisena in the Parliament, stating that he
would take the country towards development while bringing about the
peace and reconciliation among every community. "The Indian government
will give its fullest support to implement those policies mentioned in
that statement", she said.
Mrs. Swaraj who called on President Sirisena today
(Feb. 06) at the Official Residence of the President stated that the
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the government of India are
fully satisfied with the program of the new government of Sri Lanka.
President Sirisena, who commended the support provided
to Sri Lanka by India thanked the Indian government for its
comprehensive assistance extended for the reconciliation process and
economic proposals especially in this critical moment.
"India has been a friend of Sri Lanka for a long time.
That is why I selected India for the first state visit after my election
as the President", said President Sirisena.
Responding to the President, the India Foreign
Minister stated that India's policy is to keep close friendships with
the neighboring countries. "The Indian government gives priority for Sri
Lanka on this regard", she said.
The Indian Foreign Minister who expressed her
satisfaction about the decisions taken regarding the delayed activities
during last few years defined by the Indo - Lanka bilateral discussions,
said it was able to come to a new agreement about the technical
President Sirisena requested the assistance of India
for the comprehensive program to be launched by the Sri Lankan
government to improve the health and education of the people of the
estates. Mrs. Swaraj then ensured the support to be granted for health
and technology through the ITECH Agreement.
The President explained the Indian Foreign Minister
about the government's policy on the establishing of reconciliation in
the country, amendment of the constitution and the international
relations of Sri Lanka.
Indian Foreign Secretary Dr. S. Jaishankar and the
High Commissioner Y. K. Sinha also were present at this occasion.
Courtesy : President Media Unit