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India’s cultural diplomacy shot, calls Sri Lanka on ‘Pongal’ – New Delhi News

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar held a digital assembly with the Finance Minister of Sri Lanka, Basil Rajapaksa on the festive day of ‘Pongal’, an auspicious day for the Tamil group, which additionally has a robust presence in Sri Lanka.

This interplay follows Rajapaksa’s go to to India final month.

Diplomatically, India-Sri Lanka bilateral relations do had some tough patches within the latest previous when the Sri Lankan authorities allowed China to develop its port metropolis — Hambantota, few miles away from the Indian maritime borders, and will have an antagonistic influence on Indian affect within the Indian Ocean area.

Through the Hambantota port, China was making an attempt to have a robust foothold in stated area, which straight influences two-third of worldwide maritime commerce, and it is the Hambantota from the place these all began, Sri Lanka badly caught into chineses debt lure, roughly amounting to over $3 billion. It has reported that debt ridden Sri Lanka seeks Chinese assist once more to settle its overseas money owed.

On ‘Pongal’, each Ministers positively famous the extension of $400 million to Sri Lanka underneath the SAARC foreign money swap association and deferral of A.C.U. settlement of $515.2 million by two months, which might help Sri Lanka.

The two Ministers reviewed the progress in extending the Indian credit score facility of $1 billion for importing meals, important gadgets and medication and $500 million for importing gasoline from India.

Rajapaksa recalled India’s lengthy standing cooperation with Sri Lanka and deeply appreciated the gestures of assist. He welcomed Indian investments in Sri Lanka in quite a lot of vital spheres together with ports, infrastructure, power, renewable power, energy and manufacturing and warranted {that a} conducive setting will likely be supplied to encourage such investments.

In this context, each Ministers famous that the latest steps taken by the federal government of Sri Lanka for collectively modernising Trincomalee Oil Tank Farms will increase confidence of traders, other than enhancing Sri Lanka’s power safety.

Jaishankar conveyed that India has at all times stood with Sri Lanka, and can proceed to assist Sri Lanka in all potential methods for overcoming the financial and different challenges posed by Covid-19 pandemic.

As shut associates and maritime neighbours, each India and Sri Lanka stand to realize from nearer financial interlinkages.

The EAM introduced up the problem of Indian fishermen detained in Sri Lanka. He urged the federal government of Sri Lanka to make sure early launch of the detained fishermen on humanitarian concerns.

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