Jaishankar Rushes to Colombo, India Announces Dates of New Sri Lankan President’s Visit


Hours after external affairs minister S. Jaishankar rushed to Colombo to meet Sri Lanka’s new president, India announced on Tuesday that Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be visiting New Delhi next week.

Jaishankar’s sudden arrival in Colombo this afternoon was first reported by Sri Lankan media. The minister then tweeted about his “warm meeting” with Rajapaksa.

This makes the Indian foreign minister the first top foreign official to meet with Gotabaya Rajapaksa after his election victory on Sunday.

Jaishankar indicated that he carried a personal message from prime minister Narendra Modi for Rajapaksa.  Read more

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