India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in a resolution passed on India’s foreign policy, at its ongoing two-day national executive meeting in Bengaluru, said that India’s policy on Sri Lanka had suffered several ups and downs in the last three decades due to a short-sighted approach by the previous government, guided by domestic political ambitions, the IANS news agency reported.
These, it said, “damaged our bilateral relations leading to strategic problems in the immediate Indian Ocean neighbourhood”.
The resolution said Modi’s “determined effort at repairing” the ties “has resulted in a flurry of activity on both sides”, including new President Maithripala Sirisena making his first overseas visit to India, which marked a “major diplomatic victory for us”.
It said the government has rebuilt ties with “all sections of the Sri Lankan society” and Modi became “the first Prime Minister of Bharat to visit Jaffna”.
“He invoked his idea of cooperative federalism and stressed upon the 13th Amendment and beyond.”