India on Wednesday assured Sri Lanka that it can depend on the South Asian giant as a reliable partner in the region. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who is in Colombo on a three-day visit, said India has always underlined unity and territorial integrity of the island nation.
“India has been strongly committed to unity, stability and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka. India will be a dependable and reliable partner,” Jaishankar said at a joint press briefing along with his Sri Lankan counterpart Dinesh Gunawardena.
Jaishankar said New Delhi was ready to assist Colombo in enhancing its capabilities to meet growing maritime and security challenges in the Indian Ocean region.
It may be noted that China has increased its activities in the Indian Ocean, which is a cause of concern for the region’s countries.
Jaishankar said his government is looking at post COVID-19 cooperation with Sri Lanka.