As a special friendly gesture from the Government and the people of India in the ongoing auspicious Vesak week, a 12.5 tonne gift consignment of essential medicines and medical items arrived in Colombo today from India by a special flight.

The medical consignment reached Colombo with the High Commissioner-designate of India to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay on board the same flight, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said in press release.

Soon after landing at BIA, the High Commissioner-designate conveyed the greetings from the people of India to the people of Sri Lanka on the occasion of Vesak. He also stated that the mission entrusted to him highlights the high significance of steadfast friendship, solidarity and cooperation between India and Sri Lanka - two of the closest maritime neighbours in South Asia and the Indian Ocean Region.  

He said India’s continued commitment to share its resources with friends and partner nations even at a time when many countries the world over faced scarcity of medical products due to the COVID-19 pandemic and consequent supply chain disruptions, is in line with the abiding faith of India’s leadership in the dictum of ‘vasudhaiva kutumbakam’ (the whole world is but one family).

High Commissioner-designate of India to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay 

The gift consignment - the fourth in recent weeks - underscores the vision of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, enunciated in his video conference with SAARC leaders on 15 March 2020, to jointly fight COVID-19 pandemic. Three consignments of essential life-saving medicines and medical gloves from India were handed over to Sri Lanka last month.

The High-Commissioner-designate assumes his duties while observing stipulated health protocol.

Unloading the consignment of essential medicines and medical items at BIA