New Delhi: At this time of corona crisis, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday spoke to his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa and discussed the health and economic impact of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic. Also Read - Sri Lanka Pacer Shehan Madushanka Detained For Drug Possession

As per updates from the PMO, PM Modi spoke to Mahinda Rajapaksa and congratulated him on having completed 50 years since his first entering the Parliament of Sri Lanka. Also Read - Coronavirus: PM Modi Speaks to Sri Lankan President, Assures All Possible Support From India

On the phone call, PM Modi recalled Rajapaska’s contributions to the development of Sri Lanka in his long political career and wished him all the best for his future endeavour.

PM Modi also conveyed his condolences at the sudden death of Arumugan Thondaman, a prominent leader of the Indian-Origin Tamils in Sri Lanka, on Tuesday.

The PMO further updated that the two leaders discussed the health and economic impact of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic and the measures being taken in the two countries to counter it.

During the telephonic interaction, PM Modi assured Rajapaksa that India stands ready to extend all possible support to Sri Lanka during this challenging time.

On the other hand, Sri Lankan PM Rajapaksa called for closer economic ties with India, saying the bilateral relationship would become further strong with the addition of new areas of cooperation.

Sri Lanka has so far reported 1,319 cases of coronavirus with 10 deaths.