Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay called on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday at Temple Trees and discussed several ongoing projects and possible cooperation in new sectors.
The primary purpose of the High Commissioners’s visit was to follow-up on the virtual summit that was held between Prime Minister Rajapaksa and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month. The leaders have expressed satisfaction on the virtual summit, which was the first virtual summit after Prime Minister Rajapaksa’s resumption of office.
The High Commissioner noted several areas on which the two countries could collaborate, including water requirements in schools, sanitation needs, rainwater harvesting, building of toilets for deprived areas, and several other projects.
Prime Minister Rajapaksa indicated that the lack of safe drinking water in certain parts of the country is the main concern. High Commissioner Baglay spoke of the possibility to collaborate with Prime Minister Modi’s ‘Water for Life Mission’. The Prime Minister requested India to look at the pharmaceutical sector and encourage Indian investors to establish research and manufacturing facilities in Sri Lanka to help the country meet its medicinal drug requirement.