Colombo, Jan 22 (Agencies): India has assured that it would facilitate development in Jaffna peninsula in Sri Lanka's north, which was once the stronghold of the LTTE.
 
"As the people of Jaffna seek to resurrect their lives after years of armed conflict, the Government and the people of India remain committed to facilitating development in the region," Indian high commissioner to Sri Lanka Ashok K Kantha said Friday.
 
High commissioner was speaking at the inauguration of second annual Jaffna International Trade Fair (JITF) where more than 45 Indian companies are participating.
 
The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) have also sent business delegations to the event.
 
"There is a special place in this relationship for age-old and time-tested bonds between the Jaffna peninsula of Sri Lanka and India." he said.
 
India has already started working on developing Palaly air port and Kankasanthurai harbour in the Jaffna peninsula to build airport as a regional aviation centre and the harbour as
a trade and commercial hub.
 
High commission also donated medical equipments worth LKR 112 million to Jaffna hospital and inaugurated the second branch of Indian bank in Jaffna.