Speaking during the virtual summit with his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa, PM Modi talked about the strong relationships between India and Sri Lanka. He said about the policy of Indian Government which gives priority to the relations of Sri Lanka and India. This was the first time when Sri Lankan PM Rajapaksa engaged with a leader of a foreign country after he was elected as the prime minister.
“The relations between India and Sri Lanka are thousands of years old. According to my government’s Neighbourhood First policy and SAGAR doctrine, we give special priority to relations between the two countries,” said PM Modi. Thanking his Sri Lankan counterpart for accepting the invitation for a virtual bilateral summit, PM Narendra Modi congratulated Mahinda Rajapaksa for his election as the prime minister.
“I thank you Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa for accepting my invitation for this virtual bilateral summit between India and Sri Lanka. I also congratulate you for being elected as Prime Minister and victory of your party in Parliamentary elections.” he added.
Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa said, “I express my gratitude for the way in which India worked for other countries during the Coronavirus pandemic,” and further added that the operation to douse off the fire on MT New Diamond ship provided an opportunity for greater cooperation between the two countries.
This virtual bilateral summit was PM Narendra Modi’s first such virtual engagement with a neighbouring country.