(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –High Commissioner H.E. Mr. Gopal Baglay called on Hon’ble Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Minister of Water Supply yesterday. The High Commissioner conveyed that India attaches very high priority to further strengthening bilateral relations with Sri Lanka in all spheres. He pointed out that this was reiterated in the recently held Virtual Bilateral Summit between the Prime Ministers of the two countries.
Dwelling on the significance of areas pertaining to water and sanitation, the High Commissioner noted India’s experience and achievements particularly over the last six years under National Missions. He apprised the Hon’ble Minister of the broad outlines of conceptualization and implementation of nation-wide sanitation and water programmes in India, with community participation.
Hon’ble Minister outlined the priorities of Government of Sri Lanka in these areas, particularly for schools and water-scarcity areas. He welcomed the prospect of sharing experience with India in specific aspects, including for creating community infrastructure and capacity building.
The High Commissioner stressed that India is ready to partner Sri Lanka as per Sri Lanka’s requirements in these priority areas which touch upon the lives of the common people.