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President Wickremesinghe and Indian Minister Jaishankar Lead Bilateral Discussions Focused on Joint Energy Projects

In a significant diplomatic exchange, President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar led bilateral discussions at the President’s House today (20th). The discussions prominently featured joint energy projects between India and Sri Lanka.

Following their official meeting, President Wickremesinghe and Dr. Jaishankar delved into various initiatives aimed at enhancing energy connectivity and developing the renewable energy sector. Key topics included plans for LNG supply, a proposed petroleum pipeline linking the two countries, and advancing oil and gas exploration projects. Additionally, it was announced that construction of the Sampur Solar Power Plant is set to commence in July 2024.

The discussions also centered on improving the efficiency of Indian-supported projects aimed at bolstering Sri Lanka’s liquid milk industry and fertilizer production. Furthermore, talks covered projects under India’s support for developing Trincomalee and expanding the Kankasanthurai port.

The meeting also addressed the ongoing development of Jaffna Airport and Colombo Airport with Indian assistance, as well as the acceleration of Sri Lanka’s unique digital identity card project, marking a significant step towards the country’s digitization efforts.

The event was attended by several key figures, including Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry, Minister of Ports, Shipping, and Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera, Senior Adviser on National Security and Head of Presidential Staff Sagala Ratnayaka, and Secretary to the President Saman Ekanayake. The Indian delegation included Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Santosh Jha.

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