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Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has reiterated the importance of honouring the commitments made by the Sri Lankan government with regard to
meaningful devolution including the 13th Amendment to the Constitution that would help to ensure the aspirations of the minority Tamils within a united Sri Lanka.

 

Noting that India has been strongly committed to the unity, stability and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka, the visiting External Affairs Minister said that their support for the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka is longstanding, as indeed for an inclusive political outlook that encourages ethnic harmony.
 

"It is in Sri Lanka’s own interest that the expectations of the Tamil people for TH30KRAJAISHANKARequality, justice, peace and dignity within a united Sri Lanka are fulfilled. That applies equally to the commitments made by the Sri Lankan Government on meaningful devolution, including the 13th Amendment to the Constitution." - Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar
 


"It is in Sri Lanka’s own interest that the expectations of the Tamil people for equality, justice, peace and dignity within a united Sri Lanka are fulfilled. That applies equally to the commitments made by the Sri Lankan Government on meaningful devolution, including the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. The progress and prosperity of Sri Lanka will surely be advanced as a consequence," Jaishankar said.

Minister Jaishankar made these comments at a joint media briefing with his Sri Lankan counterpart Dinesh Gunawardena in Colombo today (06). 
 
He is on a three day visit to Sri Lanka and is scheduled to meet President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa later today.


Reflecting on the Indian government's 'Neighbourhood First' policy, he said that India has supported Sri Lanka’s efforts to tackle Covid-19 through timely medical assistance and thanked the Sri Lankan government for its assistance and facilitation in evacuation of Indian nationals who were stuck in the island.

"We are now looking at post-Covid cooperation and I carry back with me Sri Lanka’s interest in accessing vaccines from India," Jaishankar said. It was reported that the Sri Lankan government had formally requested Indian assistance to obtain the Covid-19 vaccine during meetings with the visiting External Affairs Minister. 

"As two close neighbours with such obvious synergies, the potential for further strengthening our cooperation is enormous," Minister Jaishankar said, adding that while some of that may help provide immediate relief, others would have very positive medium-term implications for Sri Lanka’s development.

"There are many proposals under discussion, including in infrastructure, energy, connectivity, etc. Their early implementation is obviously in mutual interest and would definitely accelerate Sri Lanka’s economic recovery. At the same time, there are specific challenges that need addressing, whether it is in finance or in trade. My visit is aimed at facilitating that process," he added.