India Appreciates Sirisena's Approach On Reconciliation
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Wednesday called on Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and said India highly appreciates his statesman-like approach towards national reconciliation.
"Not only Sri Lanka, but we in New Delhi also highly appreciate the speech made by Your Excellency in Parliament last week," Jaishankar said when he paid a courtesy call on the President at the Presidential Secretariat on Wednesday.
According to the Presidential office, Jaishankar conveyed congratulations from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the President's one year in office and said India highly appreciates his statesman-like approach towards national reconciliation.
Sirisena, who was elected last year after his stunning electoral victory over strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa, has vowed to achieve lasting peace in Sri Lanka so that all communities can "live as one". He has expressed satisfaction with the reforms he introduced over the past year to achieve national reconciliation, including with minority Tamils.
The President conveyed his greetings to the Indian Premier and said that he has great regards for Modi, with whom he has a personnel bond as well, it said.
"After our close rapport during my visit to New Delhi and Modi's visit to Sri Lanka, we also met at international gatherings such as the UN, CHOGM and Climate Summit in Paris," President Sirisena said.
The President thanked India for the assistance provided in areas such as economic development, rehabilitation and resettlement, railways, power and expansion of the Palali airport and Kankasanthurai port. He said he was looking forward to meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj when she visits Colombo next month to attend the Indo-Sri Lanka Joint Meeting.