India’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Ashok K. Kantha has said that India is dedicated on behalf of Sri Lanka’s unity and territorial integrity. He was addressing India’s Independence Day function at the High Commission in Colombo. India is today commemorating her 65th Independence Day. India gained Independence on 14th August1947, after more than 200 years of British rule due to the noble services of statesmen such as Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. It was on the eve of 15th of August 1947 that India’s tricolour flag was unfurled by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India on the ramparts of the Delhi Red Fort. To mark the event a function was held at the Indian High Commission in Colombo where India’s National Flag was hoisted by the High Commissioner Ashok K. Kantha and the national anthem was sung. A military guard of honour was also accorded. Addressing the function, the High Commissioner said that ties with Sri Lanka had further solidified under the leadership of President Rajapaksa.
The Indian High Commissioner said India has always been committed to the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka and to the restoration of lasting peace through reconciliation. He pointed out that the Indo-Lankan partnership must progress in the spirit of being the closest of neighbours and friends whose destinies are interlinked. Discussions on a comprehensive framework for enhanced economic cooperation are now underway. Mr. Kantha was optimistic that in the coming months they could see the fruition of these efforts to the mutual benefit of both countries.