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Indian External Affairs Minister Emphasizes Continuity of India-Funded Projects Amid Sri Lanka’s Elections

During his visit, Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar reportedly emphasized the importance of maintaining continuity for India-funded projects, such as renewable energy initiatives, regardless of the outcome of the upcoming elections in Sri Lanka.

In addition to formal courtesy calls and bilateral discussions with government leaders, Dr. Jaishankar held separate meetings with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, accompanied by his son Namal Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) founder Basil Rajapaksa, and Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa.

Dr. Jaishankar highlighted the significance of ongoing renewable energy projects, including solar initiatives, grid connectivity projects, and the proposed petroleum pipeline between India and Sri Lanka. He stressed the need for these projects to proceed smoothly under any new government following the presidential election.

Citing the economic benefits of these projects for Sri Lanka, Dr. Jaishankar referenced India’s successful execution of similar initiatives with Nepal and Bangladesh. He advocated for the implementation of Adani power projects, noting their potential benefits for Sri Lanka’s energy sector.

The presidential election is scheduled to conclude between September 17 and October 17, as per the Constitution.

During his meeting with Mr. Premadasa and his team, Dr. Jaishankar expressed satisfaction with his visit to Sri Lanka, marking it as his first official visit in the region since assuming office again. Mr. Premadasa affirmed the critical nature of Sri Lanka’s relations with India and pledged full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. Dr. Jaishankar praised Mr. Premadasa’s commitment, emphasizing the importance of resolving such matters definitively for Sri Lanka’s stability and progress.

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