The High Commissioner noted that domestic developments in the two countries have led to a revitalization of India – Sri Lanka relations.President Maithripala Sirisena visited India in February, which was his first overseas visit after assuming office while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a historic visit to Sri Lanka in March, the first stand alone bilateral visit to Sri Lanka by an Indian Prime Minister since 1987. India says the domestic developments in Sri Lanka and India have led to a revitalization of the relations between both countries. In a speech made at the event, the High Commissioner said that this year has been very eventful for both India and Sri Lanka and India’s policy of “Neighbourhood First” recognizes that neighbours have a first claim on India and Sri Lanka is amongst India’s closest and dearest neighbours. The High Commission of India in Sri Lanka, Y.K. Sinha said this at a ceremony held at India House in Colombo today to celebrated the 69th Independence Day of India. During Prime Minister Modi’s visit, it was reiterated that Sri Lanka has the potential to be India’s strongest economic partner in the region.The High Commissioner also reiterated India’s abiding commitment to boosting relations with Sri Lanka.The Indian flagship Housing Project involving construction of 50000 houses is making excellent progress and will be completed soon. Moreover, the bilateral relationship is expanding to new vistas, especially in field of Science and Technology. The extension of e-Tourist Visa facility to Sri Lankan citizens has provided a boost to people to people contacts. The Indian High Commissioner concluded that on the eve of parliamentary elections, Sri Lanka is poised to embark upon a new journey of peace, reconciliation and progress. He said India will continue to extend its hand of friendship and support to Sri Lanka in this endeavour.