The establishment of two Consulates General of India in Jaffna and Hambantota was formalized today. This follows the Exchange of Notes between Foreign Secretary C.R. Jayasinghe and India’s High Commissioner Ashok K. Kantha.
During the state visit of the President to India in June this year and following his discussions with the Prime Minister of India, the two leaders agreed on establishing the Consulates General of India in Jaffna and in Hambantota. This is to reinforce consular cooperation and friendly links between the two countries. A news release by the Indian High Commission in Colombo said the Prime Minister of India had also welcomed Sri Lanka’s interest in establishing a further Post in India, in addition to those in Chennai and in Mumbai functioning under the High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi. The Exchange of Note took place today to implement and formalize this understanding. The two Consulates General of India in Jaffna and Hambantota will be set up in the near future.