Written by Tharushan Fernando
06 Feb, 2016 | 8:28 pm
Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is on an official two-day visit, called on President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday.
At the meeting, the Indian Minister had extended Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s wishes on appreciating the Sri Lankan government’s programmes, to President Sirisena.
Sushma Swaraj had noted that the statement made by President Sirisena to Parliament recently, on building peace and reconciliation among all communities for the development of the country, was commenced by the Indian Government.
The President had extended his gratitude to the Government of India for supporting Sri Lanka at decisive moments.
The Indian Foreign Minister had stated that India’s policy is to have close ties with its neighbours, and Sri Lanka is given a priority.
Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj inaugurated the Rise of Digital India Exhibition today at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall.
The event was organised by the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka.
Indian Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj noted that it is important for both countries to take advantage of the opportunities that the new digital world offers.
She further noted that there are enormous opportunities of cooperation between the two countries in the field of information and digital technology.
She further added that India has made significant progress in the digital technology sector, and India is ready to assist Sri Lanka in this sector
“We are ready to set up an information technology path in Sri Lanka that will attract investment in this important sector” she said. She added that both sides agreed to explore this issue further and Sri Lanka too has been promoting information and communication technologies for socio-economic development.
Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met with former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratungas at the official residence of the former president in Colombo.
Sushma Swaraj then met with Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan, Leader of the Illangai Tamil Arasu Kattchi Mavai Senathirajah, and several others for discussions.
She later held meetings with the Chief Minister of the Northern Province Hafeez Nazir Ahamed and Minister of National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages Mano Ganeshan.
She left the country on Saturday evening , concluding her two-day official visit.
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