The High Commissioner of India Y.K. Sinha has observed that India is committed to the policy of neighbours first. Sri Lanka is India’s closest neighbour.
He was delivering the key note address at the 69 th Independence Day celebrations held at India House on August 15. Sinha hoisted the Indian National Flag and inspected a Guard of Honour presented by the BSF contingent. He read out excerpts from the Address to the Nation on the eve of the Independence Day by the Hon´ble President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee.
During his address High Commissioner Sinha stated that on the eve of parliamentary elections, Sri Lanka is poised to embark upon a new journey ofpeace, reconciliation and progress. In the light of the civilisational ties that bind us, India will continue to extend its hand of friendship and support to Sri Lanka in this endeavour.
Referring to vibrant and robust relations between India and Sri Lanka, High Commissioner stated that this year has been very eventful for both India and Sri Lanka. India’s policy of “Neighbourhood First” recognizes that neighbours have a first claim on India and Sri Lanka is amongst India’s closest and dearest neighbours.