In a major diplomatic move, which was both swift and intelligent, Indian External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar dashed to Sri Lankan capital Colombo as soon as it was known that the new President of Sri Lanka is now Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Gotabaya, 70, belonging to the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party triumphed securing well over 52 per cent votes in the recently held Presidential elections. Indian EAM, who had exposure to the Sri Lankan politics being assigned as a junior diplomat, held talks of substance with the new incumbent and invited him to visit India.
Consequent upon this request, Gotabaya is scheduled to pay a visit to New Delhi on November 29 to meet Prime Minister Modi.
These hectic developments provide an excellent opportunity to make up the trust deficit appeared to have emerged after the exit of Mahinda Rajapaksa, the former President, who blamed Indian external intelligence agency for his ouster in 2015.