Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman initiates a diplomatic relations with Sri Lanka.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is embarking on a three-day official visit to Sri Lanka commencing on Wednesday, featuring a series of crucial engagements and diplomatic exchanges. Notably, Sitharaman will partake in ‘NAAM 200,’ an event commemorating the bicentennial anniversary of the arrival of India-origin Tamils in Sri Lanka, with the esteemed presence of Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

Furthermore, Sitharaman will play a pivotal role in the India Sri Lanka Business Summit in Colombo, under the overarching theme of ‘Enhancing Connectivity: Partnering for Prosperity.’ This summit will provide a platform for discussions on enhancing bilateral economic cooperation and trade. Additionally, she is scheduled to hold discussions with the Sri Lankan leadership, reaffirming the strategic significance of the diplomatic relationship between the two nations.

As part of a notable initiative aimed at fostering sustainability in the power sector, the minister will oversee the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for Solar Electrification of Religious Places in Sri Lanka. This MoU involves India’s allocation of 82.4 crore rupees for the project.

In addition to her official duties, Sitharaman will pay her respects at prominent cultural and religious landmarks, including the Dalada Maligawa, Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, Thirukoneswaram Temple, and Kandaswamy Temple.

Furthermore, the minister will have the honor of inaugurating branches of the State Bank of India in Trincomalee and Jaffna.

It is worth noting that India extended unprecedented humanitarian assistance of USD 4 billion during Sri Lanka’s most severe economic crisis last year. Additionally, India was the first creditor nation to provide financing assurances in accordance with IMF standards for the restructuring of Sri Lankan debt.

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