Muraleedharan to represent India at Sri Lanka I-Day function

Muraleedharan will also hold an interactive session with prominent members of the Indian diaspora in Sri Lanka.

| Updated: 03 February, 2023 12:54 pm IST
Union minister of state for external affairs and parliamentary affairs, V Muraleedharan (File photo)

Minister of state for external affairs, V Muraleedharan will participate in Sri Lanka’s Independence Day celebrations in Colombo on Saturday. The main ceremony will be held at the Galle Face Green park and led by Sri Lankan president Ranil Wickremesinghe and PM Dinesh Gunawardena.

The island nation in India’s south is celebrating its 75th year of independence this year.

According to reports, some other countries in the Indian sub-continent are also sending their representatives for the Sri Lanka Independence Day ceremony. Pakistan is sending minister of state Hina Rabbani Khar, Bangladesh will be represented by foreign minister AK Abdul Momen, and the Maldives is sending foreign minister Abdulla Shahid.

Nepal will be represented by foreign minister Bimala Rai Paudyal and Bhutan by education minister Jai Bir Rai. Japan, one of the key economic support of Sri Lanka, will send the state minister of foreign affairs.

Commonwealth secretary-general Patricia Scotland will also attend the mega ceremony in Colombo on Saturday.

During the visit, the minister will also hold separate bilateral interactions with president Wickremesinghe and Sri Lankan foreign minister MUM Ali Sabry on matters of mutual interest.

Muraleedharan will also hold an interactive session with prominent members of the Indian diaspora during the visit, according to the ministry of external affairs (MEA).

MoS Muraleedharan’s visit will be the second high-level visit from India to Sri Lanka within a month. In January, external affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar toured the island nation and announced India’s support for its debt restructuring program.

The year 2023 also marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Sri Lanka.

“Sri Lanka is India’s close neighbour and a friend and occupies a central place in India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy. India, as always is committed to standing with the people of Sri Lanka for their economic recovery, growth and prosperity,” said the MEA.

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