Colombo, April 29 (newsin.asia): Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said in a letter to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday that India will recover from the current devastating pandemic as concerted efforts of humanity have invariably succeeded in overcoming such pandemics since time immemorial.
President Gotabaya expressed confidence that India will tackle the crisis effectively under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the support of dedicated experts and professionals.
In a very touching gesture, the President conveyed to Prime Minister Modi that the Buddhist clergy in Sri Lanka is planning to recite the ‘Rathna Sutra’ for the people of India, the Indian High Commission said in a press release on Thursday.
“The empathetic gestures of His Excellency the President and the Buddhist clergy reflect the depth and strength of the age-old and time-tested close relationship between India and Sri Lanka. The solidarity of Sri Lanka with India in the challenging times of COVID 19 pandemic is gratefully appreciated by the leadership and the people of India,” the High Commission said.
“President Gotabaya Rajapaksa expressed deep gratitude, on behalf of the people of Sri Lanka, for the initial gift of 500,000 doses of made in India COVID-19 vaccines which enabled Government of Sri Lanka to launch the first vaccination programme, ahead of the original schedule. “
“India and Sri Lanka have stood with each other in facing the enormous challenges posed by the COVID 19 pandemic. Their cooperation in this regard befits their close and friendly relations and will continue to foster the well-being of their peoples as well as their fraternal and civilisational ties,” the mission said.