Mithripala Sirisena
Sri Lankan president Mithripala Sirisena.Reuters

Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar has called on Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, and said India highly appreciates his statesman-like approach towards national reconciliation.

Jaishankar on Wednesday also conveyed regards from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Sirisena's one year in office.

"Not only Sri Lanka, but we in New Delhi also highly appreciate the speech made by Your Excellency in Parliament last week," PTI quoted Jaishankar as saying on Wednesday.

Jaishankar arrived in Colombo on Tuesday as part of the ongoing high-level engagements between India and Sri Lanka.

Sirisena was elected in 2015 following a huge victory over Mahinda Rajapaksa and has pledged to bring peace to Sri Lanka in a bid to allow all communities, including the Tamils, to "live as one".

The Sri Lankan president also conveyed his greetings to Modi.

"After our close rapport during my visit to New Delhi and Modi's visit to Sri Lanka, we also met at international gatherings such as the UN, the CHOGM and the Climate Summit in Paris," Sirisena said.

He also thanked India for the aid provided in developing the Palali airport and the Kankasanthurai port, apart from help in other areas like rehabilitation and resettlement.

Speaking about External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's trip to Colombo in February, Sirisena said frequent visits by leaders from both sides would strengthen cooperation. Swaraj will attend the Indo-Sri Lanka Joint Meeting next month.

Apart from Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Jaishankar also met other prominent figures including former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera.