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India will be a dependable partner and friend: Indian External Affairs Minister

India has reiterated its commitment to be a dependable partner and reliable friend and will be open to strengthening its relationship with Sri Lanka.

This friendship is based on mutual trust, mutual interest, mutual respect and mutual sensitivity, said the visiting External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar at the Joint Press Conference in Colombo on Wednesday (6).

India is now looking at post-Covid cooperation and it will consider Lanka’s interest in accessing vaccines from India.

The two countries are currently discussing many proposals including in infrastructure, energy, connectivity, etc.

Their early implementation is obviously in mutual interest and would definitely accelerate Sri Lanka’s economic recovery.

He stressed that Indian businesses have shown a strong interest in investing in Sri Lanka and they have discussed some important opportunities including special zones for pharmaceutical manufacturing as also in tourism.

India is cognizant of the domestic priorities of the Sri Lankan Government, including in agriculture and technology, education and skill development and urban development, Jaishankar said.

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