Acting High Commissioner of India Vinod K. Jacob called on Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena today where they discussed the ongoing bilateral efforts to fight against the COVID- 19 epidemic.

During the meeting, the two countries agreed to  continue to work together in this regard.” They agreed that while all countries are dealing with the pandemic in their own manner, the post-pandemic economic revival requires substantial collective effort,”the Indian High Commission said in  news release.

The Foreign Minister had thanked India for its support in bringing back stranded pilgrims from India in March and conveyed the country’s appreciation for the gift consignment of over 13 tonnes of essential life-saving medicines supplied by India to Sri Lanka in early April. He also sought further cooperation for bringing back Sri Lankan students from India.

The two also discussed the state of bilateral relations and agreed to take forward the understanding reached during the visits of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to India in November 2019, Prime Minister  Mahinda Rajapaksa in February 2020 and the Foreign Minister in January 2020, the news release said.

During the meeting, the two also compared notes on the on-going steps taken by the two countries to  fight the global pandemic.