Former Sri Lankan cricketer Santh Jayasuriya expressed his gratitude. S. JaishankarIndia’s foreign minister, who is on a two-day visit to the troubled island nation, as he encouraged Indians to visit to boost tourism and generate income to combat the economic crisis.
“Many thanks to the visiting Indian Foreign Minister Dr S Jaishankar for encouraging Indian tourists to visit Sri Lanka. Looking forward to working together in the future.”
Jaishankar, during his visit Sri LankaMet the top leaders of the country including President Ranil Wickremesinghe. The minister was earlier in Maldives.
In his statement to the press in Colombo, Jaishankar said, “Tourism is the lifeblood of Sri Lanka’s economy. I note that Indian tourists coming here are expressing positive sentiments for Sri Lanka in a very practical way. “
“…but there is much more we can do to make it sustainable. Strengthening connectivity and promoting travel is therefore a high priority for all of us.”
“Certainly, encouraging Indian tourists to make RuPay payments and use UPI will be most helpful in this regard,” he added.
Jaishankar also discussed bilateral relations, people-to-people contacts, trade and investment relations with his Sri Lankan counterpart Ali Sabri.
“Had a good meeting with Foreign Minister Ali Sabri and other ministerial colleagues in Colombo this evening. Discussed India-Sri Lanka cooperation in infrastructure, connectivity, energy, industry and health,” Jaishankar tweeted.
Sabri said India had sent about US$4 billion worth of essential goods to help the crisis-hit country regain some financial stability.