Tuesday, July 26, 2022

India's support for stability in Sri Lanka; Prime Minister Modi's congratulatory letter to Ranil Wickremesinghe

Colombo: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi congratulated the newly elected President of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe on his election to this post. He has assured that India will continue to support the ongoing efforts of Sri Lankans through democracy to achieve stability and economic reforms in Sri Lanka.

The Indian Embassy in Colombo said in a tweet that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent a letter congratulating Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe on his election.

According to the embassy, ​​Modi said that he is eager to work in coordination with the newly elected President of Sri Lanka to strengthen the centuries-old close friendship between India and Sri Lanka and to promote the interests of the citizens of both countries. Wickremesinghe has close ties with India and Indian leaders. He was appointed Prime Minister of Sri Lanka in May. He was appointed as caretaker President on 13 July after President Rajapakse left the country. Wickremesinghe had appointed Dinesh Gunawardene as the Prime Minister on July 22.

Meanwhile, Indian High Commissioner in Colombo Gopal Bagle on Tuesday met the newly appointed Prime Minister Gunawardena as per political etiquette and congratulated him on behalf of the Government of India and Indian citizens. The Indian High Commission tweeted that the High Commissioner thanked the Prime Minister for his guidance to strengthen the long-term relationship between India and Sri Lanka.

India’s assistance of four billion dollars so far was handed over to the shortage-stricken Sri Lanka on Tuesday, with rice and medicines given by the Tamil Nadu government. This is the third stage of assistance. The High Commission said that the Government of India and Indian citizens are with the Sri Lankans. This aid given by the Tamil Nadu government is more than three billion four crore rupees. From January this year till now Sri Lanka has given about four billion dollars in aid to India.

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