Seeking to give a further boost to bilateral friendly ties,India will set up two new consulates in Jaffna and Hambantota cities of Sri Lanka.
The two sides had agreed on this during the visit of Sri Lankan President to India in June. In order to implement and formalise this understanding,an Exchange of Notes took place today between Foreign Secretary C R Jayasinghe and (Indian) High Commissioner Ashok K Kantha,said an official statement.
It is expected that the two Consulates General of India in Jaffna and Hambantota will be set up in the near future,the statement read.
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,a coastal city in the south of Sri Lanka.
Singh had also welcomed Sri Lankan 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,it said,adding Moneragala will be transferred from the consular district of the existing Assistant High Commission of India in Kandy.
It has also been agreed that any expansion of the consular districts of the proposed Consulates General could be considered subsequently through mutual consent,the statement said.