Shri J. P. Nadda, Health & Family Welfare
Minister, Government of India on Monday met Mr. Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of
Health and Indigenous Medicine, Government of Sri Lanka and discussed issues
related to increasing cooperation between the two countries in health sector.
Shri Nadda noted that the relations between India and Sri Lanka are unique and
based upon shared historical, cultural, ethnic and civilizational ties and
extensive people-to-people interaction.
Shri Nadda extended an invitation to Mr. Rajitha Senaratne to attend the next
SAARC Health Ministers' Meeting at New Delhi which India has offered to host in
the near future.
Shri Nadda shared with his Sri Lankan counterpart that India has taken a series
of steps to prevent and contain the threat from Ebola virus and underlined the
need for cooperation between the two countries to guard against infectious
disease threats. He also underscored the need for expanding bilateral
cooperation in the area of health, including traditional medicines, through
formal MoUs on health cooperation and hoped that these could be finalised and
signed at the earliest.
Both sides agreed to expand bilateral cooperation in health and to resolve the
issues, if any, amicably through mutual consultations since India and Sri Lanka
have close and friendly relations.