- SL to open fourth consular office in India
India Friday said it would open two new Consulates-General offices in Jaffna and Hambantota.
Sri Lanka meanwhile is to open a fourth Consulate-General office in an Indian city.
It currently has the High Commission in New Delhi, the Deputy High Commissioner’s office in Chennai and a Consulate in Mumbai.
The Indian High Commission Friday said the new office in Jaffna will cover five districts. Jaffna, Killinochchi, Mullaithivu, Vavuniya and Mannar. India already operates a visa office in Jaffna town.
The consulate office in Hambantota, according to the High Commission will cover Galle, Matara, Hambantota and Moneragala.
Significantly, Hambantota was recently the cynosure of all eyes when a new port funded entirely by the Chinese was declared open by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, whose home constituency is Hambantota.
The formal notes on the new consulates were signed by External Affairs Ministry Secretary C.R. Jayasinghe, and Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Ashok K. Kantha.