Sri Lanka seeks vaccines, talks on pharma, tourism, infrastructure investments: India Minister

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has sought Coronavirus vaccines from India and the two countries had also discussed investments in infrastructure, energy, pharmaceutical and hotels, Foreign Ministers of the two countries said.

External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar met President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Foreign Minister in the morning and would also meet Prime Minister Rajapaksa.

He said Sri Lanka had expressed interest in getting vaccines from India.

A meeting with the business community will be held on Thursday.

“There are many proposals under discussion, including in infrastructure, energy, connectivity,” Minister Jaishankar said making statement with Minister Gunewardene.

“Their early implementation is obviously in mutual interest and would definitely accelerate Sri Lanka’s economic recovery. Let me stress that Indian business is strongly interested in investing in Sri Lanka.

“We have discussed some important opportunities including in special zones for pharmaceutical manufacturing as also in tourism. I will ensure an early follow-up.”

Minister Dinesh Gunewardene said India’s neighborhood first policy had helped Sri Lanka during the Coronavirus crisis.

Sri Lanka and India had discussed maritime sector and security issues, Minister Gunewardene said.

“The green economy is complemented by the vast blue economy, that our surroundings are naturally gifted with,” Minister Gunewardene said.

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“Our conntinued dialogue in this area would provide strength and movement to the future.
(Colombo/Jan06/2021 – Update II)

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