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EAM Jaishankar and Sri Lanka President formally commission Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar met with Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday in Colombo, expressing appreciation for the progress made on various bilateral projects and initiatives.

They also jointly unveiled the virtual plaque to mark the formal commissioning of the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre built with a USD 6 million grant from India.

Jaishankar, who is on an official visit to the island nation conveyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s greetings to President Wickremesinghe.

The foreign minister discussed the way forward for India-Sri Lanka cooperation, especially in power, energy, connectivity, port infrastructure, aviation, digital, health, food security, education and tourism sectors.

Taking to the social media platform, the EAM said, “Honoured to call on Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe. Conveyed the warm greetings of PM @narendramodi. Appreciated the progress made on various bilateral projects and initiatives.”

“Under President @RW_UNP’s guidance, discussed the way forward for the India-Sri Lanka cooperation, especially in power, energy, connectivity, port infrastructure, aviation, digital, health, food security, education and tourism sectors. Committed to working for the steady development of our traditionally close and friendly ties,” he added.

During the visit, Jaishankar also participated in the virtual handover of 154 houses under the housing schemes of the government of India.

The foreign affairs minister arrived in Sri Lanka earlier today on his first visit after the beginning of the new term.

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