India’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Santosh Jha, recently met with Sri Lankan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ali Sabry, aiming to accelerate various projects that will further strengthen the India-Sri Lanka partnership. The diplomatic discussions focused on enhancing bilateral cooperation and maintaining a positive momentum in their relationship.
Taking to social media platform X, High Commissioner Santosh Jha expressed his pleasure and honour in having his first meeting with Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister, Ali Sabry. Jha noted the exceptional warmth in India-Sri Lanka ties and emphasized the importance of expeditious action on various projects to sustain the strong positive momentum of their partnership.
Earlier in the week, Santosh Jha engaged in talks with Sri Lanka’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Ali Sabry, exploring avenues to deepen their bilateral cooperation. Minister Sabry, in a post on X, highlighted the meeting with the newly appointed Indian High Commissioner and underscored the deep-rooted links between Sri Lanka and India.
Santosh Jha’s diplomatic engagements have been extensive, including a meeting with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena. During this interaction, the leaders delved into a wide range of topics related to the multidimensional relationship shared by the two nations. Jha emphasized the enduring connection between the people of India and Sri Lanka, rooted in centuries-old linkages, particularly in Buddhism.
On December 22, Santosh Jha formally presented his credentials to Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe, officially assuming the role of the Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka. His tenure began with a commitment to further strengthen the longstanding ties between the two nations.
Appointed as India’s next High Commissioner to Sri Lanka in September, Santosh Jha brings a wealth of experience to the role, having previously served as the ambassador of India to Belgium. The Ministry of External Affairs highlighted his diplomatic expertise and contributions to fostering international relations.
India and Sri Lanka boast a legacy of intellectual, cultural, religious, and linguistic interaction spanning over 2500 years. The enduring relationship between the two nations continues to evolve through diplomatic dialogues and collaborative projects, reinforcing their commitment to a shared future. As diplomatic efforts are made to accelerate various projects, the India-Sri Lanka partnership is poised to thrive, fostering continued cooperation and mutual growth.