Colombo: Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is set to embark on a three-day visit to Sri Lanka starting on Wednesday. During her visit, the Finance Minister will deliver an address as the guest of honor at ‘NAAM 200,’ an event organized by the Sri Lankan government to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the arrival of India-origin Tamils (IOTs) in Sri Lanka. The event will take place at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo on November 2.
Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, and Water Supply Minister Jeevan Thondaman will participate in the event. Additionally, invited political leaders from Bharat and members of the Malaysian Tamil Congress will also be part of the program. The event is jointly organized by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), the Indo-Lanka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in Colombo.
During her visit, Finance Minister Sitharaman will meet with President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena to hand over a Memorandum of Understanding for the solar electrification of religious places in Sri Lanka.
Furthermore, Nirmala Sitharaman will inaugurate SBI branches in Trincomalee on November 2 and Jaffna on November 3. Her itinerary also includes visits to significant religious and cultural sites, such as the Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic) in Kandy, Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura, Thirukoneswaram Temple in Trincomalee, and Nallur Kandaswamy Temple in Jaffna. Additionally, the Union Minister for Finance is scheduled to visit Lanka IOC oil tank farms, the Jaffna Cultural Centre, and the Jaffna Public Library, according to a Ministry of Finance press release.
In October, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar visited Sri Lanka and attended the 23rd Council of Ministers (COM) meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), which was hosted by Sri Lanka.