Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday sought India’s continued assistance to boost the bilateral ties as he met with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, who also held talks with the country’s defence secretary to further advance the “valuable” cooperation which contributes to peace and security in the region.
Doval is scheduled to meet President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for a one on one discussion on Saturday (November 28) afternoon. He arrived in Colombo on Friday for trilateral maritime dialogue among India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
Sri Lanka will host the fourth national security advisor trilateral meeting on maritime security cooperation with India and the Maldives on Friday and Saturday. The meeting will take place after six years – the last meeting was held in New Delhi in 2014.
Rajapaksa asked the senior Indian official for continued assistance to Sri Lanka in its bilateral help, the prime minister’s office said. He was particularly keen on the need for India to extend its housing assistance to the country’s south, it said.