SL A trusted partner of India

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Says India will always remain the ‘first responder’

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By Yohan Perera in Jaffna

India looks upon Sri Lanka as a trusted partner in the South Asian and Indian Ocean family, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said over the weekend.

 

Prime Minister Modi said this at the launch of Suwa Seriya ambulance Programme in Jaffa on Saturday.


“Sri Lanka is not just a neighbour but a very special and trusted partner in the South Asian and Indian Ocean family,” the Indian Prime Minister said.


“India had been and would always remain ‘the first responder’ for Sri Lanka, in both good times and in bad times,” he added


He also quoted the late Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi in saying that Sri Lanka should not be out of sight and out of mind.


“When Mahatma Gandhi was leaving the North of Sri Lanka after a visit, he said that he could leave the whole of Ceylon, but let it not be “out of sight, out of mind.”

 

When Mahatma Gandhi was leaving the North of Sri Lanka after a visit, he said that he could leave the whole of Ceylon, but let it not be “out of sight, out of mind


He exhorted people of India and Sri Lanka to be in touch with each other so that they could know each other better and become even closer friends. He encouraged the people of Sri Lanka to come and experience the New India that is taking shape.
Noting that the expansion of the service islandwide started from Northern Province, he said that India was happy to work together with Sri Lanka for wiping tears from the past and ushering in a bright future.
He noted that the local skill set and local employment in Sri Lanka would receive a boost with the expansion of the service.

 

  • India had been and would always remain ‘the first responder’ for Sri Lanka, in both good times and in bad times
  • Sri Lanka is not just a neighbour but a very special and trusted partner in South Asian and Indian Ocean family


Prime Minister Narendra Modi also fondly recalled his last two visits to Sri Lanka.


He highlighted that India had been and would always remain ‘the first responder’ for Sri Lanka, in both good and bad times. Prime Minister Modi appreciated the efforts of President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for meeting the aspirations of all citizens of Sri Lanka.

 

He also quoted the late Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi in saying that Sri Lanka should not be out of sight and out of mind