Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Gopal Baglay called on the island nation’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and conveyed greetings and good wishes.
During the meeting, Baglay also discussed continued India-Sri Lanka cooperation for economic recovery and stability in the country “through democratic processes towards the well being of all the people of Sri Lanka”.
Wickremesinghe, 73, was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s 26th Prime Minister on Thursday to stabilise the country’s debt-ridden economy and end the political turmoil.
“I want a closer relationship and I want to thank Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi,” Wickremesinghe said, referring to the Indian economic assistance to his country.
His remarks came during a religious ceremony held in Colombo on Thursday night after he took the oath.
India has committed more than USD 3 billion to debt-ridden Sri Lanka in loans, credit lines and credit
swaps since January this year.
India has said it looked forward to working with the new Sri Lankan government formed in accordance with the democratic processes and New Delhi’s commitment to the people of the island nation will continue.