According to sources india and sri lanka held the first bilateral meeting after the new government of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa took over. Meanwhile india was fast to move-in to invite the Sri Lankan President to india, making this his first port of call since he was sworn in. Perhaps the two sides discussed all aspects of ties, specifically economic and security cooperation. The ‘fruitful' talks concluded with press statements wherein President Rajapaksa invited prime minister to Colombo to become his first State guest.
Furthermore during the press statement on friday, Gotabaya Rajapaksa said, "After my election as the President of sri lanka, the first official invitation was from His Excellency prime minister narendra modi and the government of India. I am certainly very happy to be here because india is our closest neighbour, as well as our long-standing friend. I would avail this opportunity to invite Prime modi to visit us as the first government to visit sri lanka since my election."
Meanwhile an invitation has been extended, government of india is yet to respond to the invite. Sources told that both sides will first have to work out the dates. Apparently the two leaders met and had close to an hour-long one on one meeting where both, President Rajapaksa and prime minister narendra modi expressed confidence in building "a strong relationship based on mutual respect and shared values". Perhaps the talks also focused on issues like fulfilling aspirations of the tamil community in sri lanka, how the country could benefit from certain economic sectors of india and address India's concerns on the fishermen issue.