The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka has said that two new Indian consulates are to be set up in Jaffna and Hambantota cities to give a further boost to bilateral friendly ties.
The matter had been agreed upon during President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to India in June.
“In order to implement and formalize this understanding, an Exchange of Notes took place today between foreign secretary C.R. Jayasinghe and (Indian) high commissioner Ashok K. Kantha,” an official statement from the High Commission said.
The statement said that it is expected that the two Consulates General of India in Jaffna and Hambantota will be set up in the near future.
According to a PTI report, following talks between Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi, the two countries had agreed on establishing the consulates of India in Jaffna and Hambantota.
Singh had also welcomed Sri Lanka’s interest in establishing a further post in India, in addition to the existing ones in Chennai and Mumbai functioning under the High Commission of Colombo in New Delhi, the statement noted.
“It has accordingly been agreed that the consular district of the proposed Consulate General of India in Jaffna would cover the five districts of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, namely, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Vavuniya and Mannar.
“The consular district of the proposed consulate general of India in Hambantota would cover the districts of Galle, Matara, Hambantota and Moneragala,” the statement said, adding Moneragala will be transferred from the consular district of the existing assistant high commission of India in Kandy.