India says Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is a Statesman

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN ) - Describing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as a statesman, Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu says that a politician’s concern is the next election, while a statesman thinks of the well-being of future generations.

Addressing a ceremony to celebrate the 70th Republic Day of India and 71st Independence Day of Sri Lanka, organised by the Sri Lanka-India Society at the Taj Samudra Hotel on Sunday night, Sandhu said that Wickremesinghe was the modern day architect of the close friendship between the two countries and it was under his leadership that many economic and development projects had been signed.

"A politician thinks of the next election while a statesman was concerned about the future of his countrymen", the High Commissioner noted adding that India was bound to rise further, since the world’s best were betting on his country." We want Sri Lanka to be part of our growth, since you are special to us."

He said that there were many commonalities between the two nations, including the fact that they were democracies which had stood the test of time, pluralistic and looking to fast track their economies.

"We are the only country that has inaugurated 70 development projects in Sri Lanka, which includes the construction of 47,000 houses for free, with 16,000 more in the pipeline. India has also given you’ll our crown jewel – Buddhism", Sandhu added.