India terms recent election in Sri Lanka as “a festival of democracy”

India has termed the recently concluded Presidential Elections in Sri Lanka as “a festival of democracy”.

The High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu delivered the Lalith Athulathmudali Commemoration Freedom Speech at the BMICH before a packed audience.

The topic of the address was “Ïndia- Sri Lanka relations for a shared and secured future”.  The Oration was organised by the Lalith Athulathmudali Foundation, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, and the Institute for Democracy and Leadership.

The Oration coincided with the 83rd birth anniversary of Lalit Athulathmudali,the anniversary of dastardly terror attacks in Mumbai (26/11), and the Constitution Day of India (when the Indian Constitution was adopted).

The High Commissioner also paid homage to all victims of terror attacks in India, Sri Lanka and across the globe.

Speaking here the High Commissioner termed the recently concluded Presidential Elections in Sri Lanka as “a festival of democracy”. 

He spoke about the recent visit of External Affairs Minister of India Dr. S. Jaishanker to Sri Lanka, who was the first foreign dignitary to call on the new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. 

The High Commissioner also spoke about the forthcoming visit of the President of Sri Lanka to India later this week, making India the destination for his first overseas visit. 

The High Commissioner recalled that Prime Minster Modi was the first foreign leader to visit Sri Lanka after the Easter attacks.

He noted that all these high-level exchanges underlined the special nature of India-Sri Lanka ties.

The High Commissioner highlighted the strong cooperation between India and Sri Lanka in the field of defence and security, and development partnership. He emphasised that India could offer more in these fields depending on Sri Lanka’s own requirements.

Speaking about his vision of India-Sri Lanka relations for the future, the High Commissioner noted that India and Sri Lanka have a lot to offer to each other, and to the world.

He added that though both India and Sri Lanka are ancient civilizations, they are also nations of youth. He pointed out the need to transform the existing potential into reality, through more connectivity, more travel and tourist inflows, more investments, in both directions.

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