File photo of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday reviewed cooperation between the countries in bilateral and multilateral forums.

Prime Minister Modi spoke on phone with President Rajapaksa and reiterated the importance of Sri Lanka to India's Neighbourhood First policy.

The two leaders reviewed topical developments and the ongoing cooperation between both countries in bilateral and multilateral forums, said a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO)

During the phone conversation, they agreed to maintain regular contact between relevant officials, including in the context of the continuing COVID-19 challenges.

It may be recalled that India had sent a consignment of 500,000 COVID-19 vaccines as a gift to the island nation in January.

This was in keeping with Prime Minister Modi's commitment to Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa during the virtual bilateral summit held in September 2020 for all possible support to minimize the health and economic impact of the pandemic.
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