Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar met Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Palestinian Foreign Minister Dr. Riyad al-Maliki in Kampala, Uganda on Saturday. During this, Jaishankar wrote in a post that it was nice to meet Dr. Riyadh Al-Maliki. There was a detailed and comprehensive discussion with them on the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Exchanged views on its human and political dimensions. They reiterated India’s support for a solution between the two countries and agreed to remain in touch.
Discussed the progress of bilateral initiatives with Sri Lankan President Ranil Vikram Singh. Jaishankar is in Uganda’s capital Kampala to represent India at the two-day summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) that began on Friday. “Pleased to meet Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe on the sidelines of the NAM Summit in Kampala,” Jaishankar posted on social media platform (We) appreciate. India’s commitment is reflected in our ‘Neighbourhood First’ and ‘SAGAR’ policy.” India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy guides its approach towards managing relations with its immediate neighbours. Its objective is to increase physical, digital and interconnected mobility as well as trade and commerce across the region.
India had helped Sri Lanka a lot in the crisis
Sri Lanka was hit by a devastating financial crisis in 2022 due to a severe shortage of foreign exchange reserves, its worst since independence from Britain in 1948. When the country was facing crisis, India provided multi-dimensional assistance of about US$4 billion through line of credit facilities and currency support in line with its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy. “Security and Growth for All in the Region” i.e. ‘SAGAR’ is India’s policy or principle of maritime cooperation in the Indian Ocean region. Earlier in the day, Jaishankar met his Ugandan counterpart General JJ Odongo. “Glad to start the day with my dear friend General JJ Odongo,” Jaishankar posted on X.
Thanked him for the excellent arrangements at the NAM Summit. Assured India’s wholehearted support for Uganda’s chairmanship.” He said, ”There has been progress in our bilateral cooperation since my visit in April 2023. Direct flights, training and exchanges and opening of the campus of National Forensic Science University (NFSU) are among the major developments. (Language)
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