FRESH APPROACH FOR JOINT VENTURES BETWEEN INDIA AND SRI LANKA

Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka|May 28, 2020

FRESH APPROACH FOR JOINT VENTURES BETWEEN INDIA AND SRI LANKA
The political opposition that instigated public protest at that time is now in power Some key projects were mooted to be executed at that time
Kelum Bandara

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa received a telephone call from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 23. Prime Minister Modi tweeted afterwards that his government was ready to extend cooperation to Sri Lanka in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery in the post-crisis context.

The Indian Prime Minister’s call came ten days after Chinese President Xi Jinping contacted President Rajapaksa over the phone and discussed the need to resume practical cooperation between the two countries. The leaders of India and China—the two powers pursuing strategic interests in the Indian Ocean region where Sri Lanka is uniquely positioned—laid emphasis on the advancement of the economic cooperation in their telephone conversations with the Sri Lankan President.

According to a statement released by the Indian External Affairs Ministry after the latest phone conversation, President Rajapaksa and the Indian leader agreed on the need to accelerate India-assisted development projects in Sri Lanka.

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