May 23, Colombo: India today has assured Sri Lanka all possible support to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 pandemic and accelerate Indian-funded development projects.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given this assurance during a phone conversation with the Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its likely health and economic impacts in the region.
Prime Minister assured the Sri Lankan President that India would continue to provide all possible support to Sri Lanka for mitigating the effects of the pandemic, Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement.
President Rajapaksa has briefed PM on the steps being taken by his Government to restart economic activity.
In this context, both leaders have agreed on the need to accelerate Indian-assisted development projects in Sri Lanka. They also discussed the possibilities of promoting investments and value-addition in Sri Lanka by the Indian private sector.
“Prime Minister conveyed his best wishes for the health and wellbeing of the Sri Lankan people,” PMO said.
President Rajapaksa expressing his appreciation In Twitter, for the “multitude of assistance” extended by the Indian Prime Minister invited India to continue with investments in Sri Lanka to revive the island’s economy.
“Sincerely appreciate support extended by HE Shri Narendra Modi during phone call today. Whilst thanking him for multitude of assistance extended during COVIDー19, I invited India to continue with investments to revive economy, including lines of credit & enhanced bilateral trade,” Rajapaksa tweeted.