Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla has paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi and Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister GL Peiris, High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay here on Mahatma Gandhi's 152nd birth anniversary.
Taking to Twitter, the High Commission of India to Sri Lanka said, "Paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his 152nd birth anniversary, which fell on October 2, Indian Foreign Minister Prof. GL Peiris, indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, High Commissioner of India and other dignitaries garlanded the Gandhi bust at Temple trees.
" Earlier in the day, Shringla called on Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and discussed further consolidating the multifaceted partnership between India and Sri Lanka.
During his four-day visit to Sri Lanka, the Foreign Secretary is also slated to meet President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and other top cabinet members.
On October 3, Foreign Secretary Shringla visited the iconic Jaffna Cultural Centre, built with Indian grant assistance.
Earlier, officials from Civil Aviation Authority briefed the Foreign Secretary about the development and rehabilitation of Palaly Airport.
Shringla had arrived in Jaffna earlier on October 2 on his four-day visit. He was extended a warm welcome by the Chairman of Northern Provincial Council CVK Sivagnanam.
An Indian Army contingent on October 3 reached Sri Lanka to participate in Exercise Mitra Shakti 21. The Indian contingent received a traditional welcome by the Sri Lankan Army for the exercise slated to be held from October 4-15.
The seventh edition of Exercise Mitra Shakti was conducted at Foreign Training Node (FTN) in Maharashtra, India back in 2019.