Welcoming the Sri Lankan President to India, President Kovind said that he has played a stellar role in Sri Lanka's active re-engagement with the world. His leadership has been reassuring for India and the region and beyond.
The President was happy to note that Sri Lanka has taken several environment-friendly measures.
He admired the Sri Lankan President's vision for ensuring economic development with environmental sustainability. He praised Sri Lanka's 'Surya Bala Sangra Maya' initiative in the solar energy sector.
President Kovind said relations between India and Sri Lanka are unique and are based on shared historical, cultural, ethnic and civilisational ties and extensive people-to-people linkages.
The President was happy to note that the close political ties between the two countries have gained momentum during the past three years.
"India and Sri Lanka must promote greater progress in trade, commerce, connectivity and development cooperation. India shares Sri Lanka's emphasis on areas such as power, renewable energy, ocean resources, organic agricultural practices, port and airport facilities," he added.