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India all set to rise re-engage diplomatic and economic with Sri Lanka

New Delhi

After a lean phase, India and Sri Lanka are set to re-engage at diplomatic and political levels amidst the massive economic disaster and the extreme COVID-19 wave that has gripped the island country.

Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla will be in Sri Lanka on Saturday on a three-day visit, where he will call on top management including President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Foreign Minister GL Pieris and his counterpart Jayanth Colombage.

During his trip, the Foreign Secretary will additionally travel to Kandy, Trincomalee and Jaffna and additionally visit Jaffna cultural centre which is being constructed with India’s assistance.

As an instant neighbour, India has stepped on the accelerator and is being a first responder to the COVID disaster in Sri Lanka. New Delhi has furnished to Colombo a hundred tons of liquid scientific oxygen, 26 tons of medicines and delivered half of a million Covid vaccines.

India has also aided the Suwa Seriya programme and supplied free ambulances which now runs in all provinces of Sri Lanka and performed an instrumental role in its fight against COVID 19.

It is learnt that Sri Lanka has been stressful more substances of Covid vaccines from India.

Now that India has announced that it will open exports of vaccines, Lanka can be a beneficiary.

Interestingly China has additionally been offering Sinopharm however a majority of Lankans select Indian manufactured vaccines.

It is learnt that to ease the monetary stress brought about by the pandemic, India is exploring and assessing ways to supply economic help to Sri Lanka.

Earlier this year Sri Lanka did a USD four hundred million currency swap with India and it is likely to have some other forex swap quickly India is visibly concerned with the slow progress of its projects in assessment to China-backed projects India has given a massive line of credit score to rebuild northern Sri Lanka ravaged by means of conflict in particular railways. India has small and massive tasks all over Sri Lanka.

During his visit, Foreign Secretary Shringla will evaluate the growth made in energy and developmental projects Indian corporation Adani has these days entered a strategic deal with Sri Lanka ports authority to build a USD seven-hundred million deep-sea container terminal and the corporation will be controlling fifty-one per cent of the Colombo west global terminal.

Earlier, Sri Lanka had unceremoniously pushed out India and Japan from the east container terminal of Colombo port.

Meanwhile, the difficulty of the thirteenth amendment and devolution has been sidelined by the Rajapaskhe government, while re-engaging with leadership, India will be discussing this trouble and would additionally like to see some growth made in this aspect.

Lanka foreign minister GL Pieris in the latest meeting with External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on the sidelines of UNGA advised that his country is working to tackle the post-ethnic conflict issues.

India has maintained a high-level contact with the Lankan leadership, EAM also visited Sri Lanka in January the place he referred to that it was once in the interest of the neighbouring country that the expectation of Tamil people for equality, justice, peace and dignity are fulfilled.

Maritime protection is additionally a key factor of India’s engagement with Sri Lanka, Colombo security conclave has been promoted with the aid of India.

This is currently a trilateral arrangement between India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, they deal with troubles of the illicit narcotics trade, drug trafficking, terrorism and developing radicalization in the region, the secretariat has also been established in Colombo, these days deputy NSA’s met in Colombo.

Bangladesh, Mauritius and Seychelles also participated as observers, talks are additionally on with these nations to formally join the grouping as permanent members, it is learnt that nations have responded positively.

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