Saturday, 16 October, 2021

Shringla begins 4-day visit to Sri Lanka

Shringla begins 4-day visit to Sri Lanka

COLOMBO: Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Saturday began his four-day visit to Sri Lanka during which he will meet the top leadership, including President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, and review the bilateral ties between India and Sri Lanka, reports PTI.

Shringla arrived on Saturday at the invitation of his Lankan counterpart Jayanath Colombage, the Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

"The visit will contribute towards the long-standing multi-faceted relations and enhance bilateral partnership between the two countries," the ministry said in a press release. Shringla will also visit the central district of Kandy, eastern port district of Trincomalee and the northern city of Jaffna.

This is his first Lanka visit after assuming the position of foreign secretary in January last year. The visit of Harsh Vardhan Shringla will provide an opportunity to review bilateral ties, progress of ongoing bilateral projects and ongoing cooperation to tackle Covid related disruptions, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said on Friday.

His visit came days after Ahmedabad-headquartered Indian multinational conglomerate Adani Group entered into an agreement with Lanka government owned Port Authority to develop the Colombo Port's West International Container Terminal.

The USD 700 million Build-Operate-Transfer deal is the largest foreign investment ever in the port sector of the island nation, the Lankan government has said.