Sri Lanka says its relations with India are excellent

Meanwhile, the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Mumbai also celebrated the 69th Anniversary of the Independence Day at the Mission premises.The official ceremony commenced with the hoisting of the National Flag by Saroja Sirisena, Consul General, followed by the National Anthem and lighting of the Traditional Oil Lamp. Sri Lanka says its relations with India are excellent and both countries are moving together in partnership.The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India Chitranganee Wagiswara referred to the strengthening of the bilateral ties after the assumption of office of the National Unity Government in Sri Lanka, adding that “today we are moving together in partnership in building and further strengthening our traditionally close relations”. The Diplomatic reception was graced by the Minister of State for External Affairs of India, M.J. Akbar, as the Chief Guest and other prominent guests who included Foreign Secretary S Jaishanker and the National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party Ram Madhav. She was speaking at a reception held in New Delhi to celebrate the 69th anniversary of the independence of Sri Lanka. Addressing the gathering, the Consul General stated that, the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Mumbai remains a vital pillar in the framework of bilateral relations with India.She also emphasised that, over the past year the Mission has developed and enhanced relations with the State Governments of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.The Mission has increased its visibility in terms of representation and interaction with senior political leadership of the respective states and has also deepened relations with business chambers, trade associations and industry towards mutually beneficial partnerships. The Mission has actively engaged in tourism promotional exercises in Mumbai from participating in seminars and workshops to organising media and travel trade FAM tours to food promotional exercises. In addition to these achievements, the Mission has completed the refurbishments on the official premises of the Consulate General of Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)