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Indian High Commissioner Meets Sri Lankan Speaker, Pledges Support and Cooperation

The new High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, Santosh Jha, recently held discussions with Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana at the Parliamentary premises, as stated by the Parliamentary Communications Department.

During the meeting, the Speaker extended congratulations to the new High Commissioner and expressed gratitude for India’s unwavering support to Sri Lanka, particularly in challenging times. Mr. Abeywardana acknowledged and appreciated the assistance provided by India, emphasizing its significance for Sri Lanka.

High Commissioner Santosh Jha, who had previously worked in Sri Lanka, reflected on his past experiences and noted substantial changes in the current context. He emphasized India’s commitment to fostering unity between the two nations and affirmed India’s readiness to continue offering essential support to Sri Lanka.

The Indian High Commissioner provided detailed insights into the success of India’s Digital India program and its potential benefits. He also highlighted India’s willingness to make investments in Sri Lanka’s energy sector, mutually benefiting both countries.

In response to the Speaker’s request, Mr. Jha pledged support for the development of Sri Lanka’s digital sector. The Speaker, recounting his recent visit to India, commended the rapid progress in India’s infrastructure development.

Additionally, the Speaker shared insights into Sri Lanka’s democratic advancements and efforts to enhance youth participation in Sectoral Oversight Committees. The Indian High Commissioner assured that measures would be taken to strengthen parliamentary relations between the two countries, including increased exchange programs for parliamentarians and parliamentary staff.

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