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Consul General Speech on the Occasion of Celebrating 74th Republic Day

Posted on: January 26, 2023 | Back | Print

Hon. Governor, His Excellency Willie Gamage and Madam, Hon. Members of Parliament, Mayor of Galle, District Secretaries other Secretaries of Southern Province, Defence officials, Vice Chancellor of University of Ruhuna ,Deans, my colleagues and dear friends…

Good evening everyone…

I use this opportunity to warmly welcome you to this wonderful evening and convey my greetings to all on the occasion of India’s 74th Republic Day. It was on 26th January 1950 that the Indian Constitution which is the world’s largest written Constitution came into effect.

Dear friends,

Guided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Neighbour Hood policy, India always keep the people of Sri Lanka and their wellbeing close to our hearts. Last year India and her people rose to respond to various requirements of the Sri Lankan people in a prompt manner through our multi-pronged assistance. Last year alone, India rendered unprecedented financial assistance of around USD 4 billion for the people of Sri Lanka. 

This year, India became the first bilateral creditor of Sri Lanka to convey financing assurance to International Monetary Fund and support restructuring of Sri Lanka’s debt .India was Sri Lanka’s largest trading partner in 2022.  Sri Lanka’s exports to India have also grown.   Use of Rupees for trade settlement is further helping Sri Lanka’s economy. India continues to be the single largest source of tourists for Sri Lanka and discussions are ongoing for promoting religious tourism between the two countries.  As a reliable partner India will continue to invest in various sectors such as ports, renewable energy, infrastructure etc. which will help in catalysing the economic recovery of Sri Lanka. All this undermines that India continuous to be a dependable, reliable and a trustworthy partner of Sri Lanka.


Today on the world stage, India holds a prominent position .Last year India became the fifth largest economy and as you know India took over the presidency of G-20 from Indonesia on 2 December 2022.With our motto of universal brotherhood, we stand for peace and prosperity for all. The G-20 Presidency is an opportunity for India to promote democracy and multilateralism and the right forum for shaping a better world and a better future. I am also happy that United Nation accepted a India’s suggestion and declared 2023 as the International Year of Millets. Millets are rich source of nutrition and require less water to Grow. This will help us to conserve the ecology and also improve our health.

Dear Friends,

On 4 February 2023 Sri Lanka will be completing 75 years of Independence. I use this opportunity to wish our brethren’s in Sri Lanka a very happy 75th Independence Day and reiterate that India will continue to stand with Sri Lanka.

Thank You...

Jai Hind…