I am happy that this is the occasion when the National Emergency Ambulance service is being extended all over Sri Lanka.
This event marks another major achievement in the development partnership of India and Sri Lanka.
During my visit last year, I had promised that India will work for expanding the pre-hospital Emergency Ambulance Service all over Sri Lanka.
I am happy that India has fulfilled its promise in a timely manner & we have marked the beginning of the 2nd phase of the Service.
It is not just a co-incidence that India has the privilege to be Sri Lanka’s partner in establishing this first responder service and in its expansion.
In good times and bad, India has been, and will always be the first responder for Sri Lanka.
When I look at Sri Lanka, I see not only a neighbour, but a very special & trusted partner of India in South Asia and in Indian Ocean.
I believe that our development cooperation with Sri Lanka is an important means for translating our vision of shared progress into reality.
Our people should be in constant touch with each other. So that we know each other better and become even closer friends.
I would encourage you to come to India and experience the New India that is taking shape.