This decision was announced at the end of a three-hour long meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Sri Lanka's new Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera in Delhi on Sunday. Mr Samaraweera's arrival in Delhi at the invitation of Ms Swaraj is his first foreign visit after the new government took over in Colombo last week. The visit is being seen both as the new Sri Lankan government's resolve to boost ties with India, as well as New Delhi's keenness to get down to business immediately with Colombo's new regime.
As Sri Lanka's new government promises a departure from predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa's policies, especially of using proximity with China as leverage against India, officials at the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Mr Samaraweera assured India that his government saw this visit as an "opportunity to enhance ties with India that will benefit economically."
In an interview to NDTV on Saturday, Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Rail Wickremasinghe had said Mr Rajapaksa's policy of "playing China off against India came a cropper", and that the new government would review several multi-billion dollar projects contracted to Chinese companies. (India Wary of China-Lanka bhai-bhai)
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