India says new Sri Lanka Government a valued partner

“You will recall the invitation extended to our neighbourhood leaders to attend the swearing in of the Government. Since then, considerable progress has been made in these key relationships,” she said.She said that as her Government proceeds to execute its mandate for change its foreign policy component would deliver to the fullest. India says the new Sri Lankan Government is a “valued partner” with who bilateral cooperation is being expanded.Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that India is also working with Sri Lanka on the ethnic problem. She said that the Indian Government embarked on a ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy from the very inception of the new Indian Government taking office. “Where Sri Lanka is concerned, the new Government is a valued partner with whom we are expanding bilateral cooperation, while addressing the ethnic problem,” she said while speaking at an event in New Delhi. Swaraj says the goal of her Government is to utilise international relations to ensure a prosperous, secure and modern India that emerges as a leading power. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Speaker does not anticipate another constitutional crisis

However, the Speaker’s office said that Jayasuriya had not made any comment to that effect. The Speaker’s office also said that Jayasuriya will ensure Parliament defeats any attempt to go against Parliament democracy. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya does not expect another constitutional crisis like that what occurred on 26 October 2018.There have been reports circulating that the Speaker is prepared to resign if another constitutional crisis occurs. The constitutional crisis on on 26 October 2018 saw President Maithripala Sirisena sacking Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointing Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new Prime Minister.The move was however challenged in court and in Parliament and by December Wickremesinghe was reappointed as the Prime Minister. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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