Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have engaged in a 20-minute telephone conversation this morning (23 May).    

The Indian Prime Minister has commended President Rajapaksa for being a “clear thinker and tough decision-maker”, in tackling the threat of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka.

The two leaders have also discussed the pre-COVID situation and where Sri Lanka and India are today, with emphasis on enhancing bilateral cooperation.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has commented on Sri Lanka’s post-Corona virus economy while emphasizing on IT & technology. He has insisted on Sri Lanka’s expectation of value-added investment from India. 

During the conversation, Prime Minister Modi has assured a road-show in India for Sri Lanka once the current threat eases.

PM Modi has reiterated India’s continuous support to its close maritime neighbour in dealing with the pandemic and its economic impact.

The two leaders have agreed to accelerate Indian-assisted development projects in Sri Lanka, and also strengthen investment links.


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