Colombo, July 11: The Indian Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra who is on a short visit to Sri Lanka in preparation for the forthcoming visit of the Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe to India, told the media here on Tuesday, that Wckremesinghe’s visit will be a “huge success.”
The Lankan President is assured of a “very warm welcome” in New Delhi, Kwatra said
Wickremesinghe is a “well-known leader and a very strong supporter of the relationship,” the Indian Foreign Secretary said and added: “We have worked and cooperated very well in the last 14-16 months of various challenges that Sri Lanka went through. We eagerly look forward to Excellency the President’s visit to India and making a success both of his visit and our relationship.”
Explaining the purpose of his visit Kwatra said that it was essentially to prepare for the upcoming visit of the President.
“My discussions earlier today with the Sri Lankan leadership as also with the Foreign Ministry, were essentially focused on trying to ensure that the upcoming visit of President of Sri Lanka is actually a point of positive transformation in the relationship.”
“We also discussed the key areas of partnership, the priorities of the Sri Lankan leadership, the perspective of our (Indian) leadership on the relationship, the strength of the relationship, different elements of cooperation in the relationship, elements of our partnership in the years ahead across the entire matrix of economic partnership that India and Sri Lanka enjoy,” Kwatra said.