Mar 10, Colombo: Indian President Ram Nath Kovind today commended the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena for his stellar role in reengaging Sri Lanka with the world and his leadership In the region.
President Sirisena, who is in New Delhi to participate in the International Solar Alliance Summit, called on President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday (March 10, 2018).
Welcoming the Sri Lankan President to India, the President Kovind said that President Sirisena has played a stellar role in Sri Lanka's active re-engagement with the world. "His leadership has been reassuring for India and the region and beyond," he said.
The Indian President said the current President Maithripala Sirisena has been able to deliver long term benefits to Sri Lanka while establishing peace and reconciliation in the country.
The President was happy to note that Sri Lanka has taken several environment friendly measures. He admired the Sri Lankan President's vision for ensuring economic development with environment sustainability. He praised Sri Lanka's 'Surya Bala Sangra Maya' initiative in the solar energy sector.
The Indian President said that relations between India and Sri Lanka are unique. They are based upon shared historical, cultural, ethnic and civilizational ties and extensive people-to-people linkages. The President was happy to note that the close political ties between the two countries have gained momentum during the past three years.
He further said that after President Sirisena became President the economic, cultural and trade relations between the two countries reached new heights.
The President said that India and Sri Lanka must promote greater progress in trade, commerce, connectivity and development cooperation. India shares Sri Lanka's emphasis on areas such as power, renewable energy, ocean resources, organic agricultural practices, port, and airport facilities.
President Sirisena said that holding this kind of Conference, in this present context, where the whole world is facing energy crisis as well as global warming, is a timely initiative.
The Sri Lankan President also made this an opportunity to express gratitude to India for providing their assistance during the 30 year long war period and later in development activities in the North and East as well as in the fields of housing, health, education, irrigation and cultural affairs.
President Sirisena mentioned that by now comprehensive projects have been implemented to strengthen the peace and harmony in Sri Lanka as well as to develop the economy of the country. He further stated that it has been identified that certain extremists are trying to destroy harmony in Sri Lanka through various clamorous activities.
The riotous situations which took place in past few days in certain areas of the country have been completely controlled and the peace has already been established, the President explained to the Indian President.
Indian President accepted an invitation extended by President Sirisena to visit Sri Lanka and said that he expects to undertake the visit in near future.
Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, Secretary of the Indian President Bharat Lal, Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu and others participated in this meeting.