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Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday called for closer economic ties with India, saying bilateral relations with new areas of cooperation will be further strengthened.
During a meeting with the newly appointed Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Gopal Baglay, at his temple tree residence, Rajapaksa said that the Buddhist heritage and links between India and Sri Lanka provide a platform for strong people-to-people engagement and Bring closer. .
“There should be a closer economic relationship with India. Bilateral relations will be further strengthened by adding new areas of cooperation, ”the Prime Minister said in an official statement during a meeting with Bagle.
The meeting coincided with the 50th anniversary of Prime Minister Rajapaksa’s Parliament of Sri Lanka.
During his meeting with the Prime Minister, Baghel reiterated India’s commitment to stand shoulder to shoulder with Sri Lanka in facing the challenges of post-coronovirus and COVID economic recovery.
So far, 1,319 cases of coronovirus have been reported in Sri Lanka with 10 deaths.
A statement issued here by the Indian High Commission said, “Towards this end, food security, health security, IT cooperation, tourism exchanges, development cooperation partnerships, greater investment flows were identified as priority areas. ”
During the meeting Bagle expressed sincere condolences to the Government of India over the tragic and untimely demise of Arumugan Thondaman.
Former minister Thondaman, who played an important role in Sri Lankan citizenship for people of Indian origin working in tea gardens in the country in the mid-1980s, died on Tuesday. He was 56 years old.
The meeting took place a week after telephone conversations between President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
During his talks with Modi, the President requested India to provide a special USD 1.1 billion currency exchange facility to boost the country’s foreign exchange reserves in view of the economic downturn caused by the coronovirus epidemic.

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