COLOMBO: India will continue to extend her hand of friendship to Sri Lanka in the days to come like “our ancestors in the past”, India’s high commissioner in Sri Lanka, Gopal Baglay, said while hosting an Iftar dinner in Colombo on Friday. It was attended by finance minister Ali Sabry who retained his position in the Cabinet three days after resigning, members of the clergy and religious scholars.
The Indian high commissioner talked about the ties between India and Sri Lanka on the occasion, saying, “The relationship between India and Sri Lanka is very special.”
“India and Sri Lanka’s relationship in the present day is the confluence of three streams – ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ Neighborhood First and SAGAR doctrine,” the high commissioner said.
Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) doctrine encompasses political, security, economic and socio-cultural spheres and aims to promote the Indian Ocean region and the greater Indo-Pacific as a region of peace and prosperity.
Asserting that India and Sri Lanka are civilisational twins, the high commissioner further said, “We continue to give priority to foster people-to-people relations between India and Sri Lanka.”