The Minister of Rural Development, Drinking Water and Sanitation of the Government of India, Jairam Ramesh concluded his three-day visit to Sri Lanka.
The Indian Minister arrived in Sri Lanka at the invitation of Minister of External Affairs Prof. G. L. Peiris delivered the keynote address at the Seminar on Poverty Alleviation on July 12, jointly organised by the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS) and the Research and Information System for Developing countries (RIS), New Delhi.
During his visit the Indian Minister called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa and held meetings with Prof. Peiris and Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa. During the discussions the Ministers acknowledged the shared experiences between Sri Lanka and India especially in the fields of poverty alleviation and rural development.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies and the Research and Information System for Developing Countries, New Delhi, establishing a formal link between the two institutions for future cooperation.
Minister Ramesh also delivered a public lecture at the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) on the topic of “Changing Role of India in South Asia.”
The Minister visited the Kelaniya temple before leaving for India on 13 July.