During his first official visit to India after assuming the presidency, President Ranil Wickremesinghe conveyed a firm commitment to fortify the bilateral relationship between India and Sri Lanka. The visit proved to be of great significance as it served to strengthen diplomatic ties and lay the groundwork for a joint vision for the future.
Addressing an esteemed gathering that included Prime Minister Narendra Modi and dignitaries from both nations, President Wickremesinghe expressed gratitude for the warm hospitality extended during his visit. He acknowledged the remarkable progress India has made under Prime Minister Modi’s leadership, praising the country’s advancements in economic, infrastructure, and technological domains, which are positively impacting the entire region, including the Indian Ocean region.
In return, President Wickremesinghe briefed Prime Minister Modi about the challenges faced by Sri Lanka in the past year and the comprehensive reform measures undertaken to overcome them. He conveyed profound appreciation for the solidarity and support extended by India during Sri Lanka’s difficult times.
The leaders engaged in discussions focused on fostering economic recovery and sustainable growth in Sri Lanka. President Wickremesinghe outlined his vision, which includes proposals for reconciliation, power-sharing through devolution, and a Northern development plan. He extended an invitation to all party leaders to work towards consensus and national unity on these important measures.
Both leaders emphasized the significance of enhanced connectivity between India and Sri Lanka to bolster economic partnership. Recognizing the deep-rooted historical, cultural, and commercial ties between the two countries, they agreed that the present moment presents an opportune time to embark on a joint vision for the future.
The Joint Vision forged during this momentous occasion is set to reinforce trust, strengthen geographical and civilizational links, and propel the Indo-Lanka relationship to new heights over the next 25 years. The discussions held during President Wickremesinghe’s visit are poised to pave the way for a prosperous and secure future for the people of both India and Sri Lanka, marking a crucial milestone in their bilateral relations.