Sunday, 26 January 2014 - 19:22
SL continues to remain at the core of India's neighbourhood policy; A statement from Indian High Commissioner.
The High Commission of India and the Indian expatriate community in Sri Lanka celebrated the 65th Republic Day of India today at India House in Colombo.
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High Commissioner Y.K. Sinha read out significant excerpts from the Address to the Nation on the eve of the Republic Day by President of India Pranab Mukherjee.
Speaking about the state of India-Sri Lanka relations, the High Commissioner said that a strong and mutually beneficial relationship with Sri Lanka continues to remain at the core of India’s neighbourhood policy.
He reiterated that India is committed to Sri Lanka as a partner for realizing peace, harmony, growth and development.
The High Commissioner recalled that the India-Sri Lanka partnership for Development Cooperation is built on the foundations of political understanding, a historic past, geographic realities and socio-cultural empathy.
He noted that the end of the conflict presents an unparalleled opportunity to build a brighter future for all the people of Sri Lanka.
The Government of India welcomed the successful culmination of elections to three Provincial Councils, including the Northern Provincial Council, in September 2013.
High Commissioner underlined that India continues to urge all stakeholders to engage constructively, in a spirit of partnership and mutual accommodation.
Only such a cooperative approach will pave the way for genuine reconciliation and a political settlement.