"As Sri Lanka s closest neighbour and long-standing partner, India is prepared to extend its fullest support to Sri Lanka in fulfilling its aspirations for peace, harmony, national reconciliation and development," the High Commission said in a statement.
"The reconstruction of the Northern Railway line represents a milestone in this historic partnership between India and Sri Lanka,” the statement further said.
"The completion of the Northern Railway line would also enhance connectivity between India and Sri Lanka. As part of this project, a pier is to be built at Talaimannar to enable resumption of ferry services between Rameshwaram and Talaimnnnar at an early date," the statement added.
It would also promote development, reconciliation and greater integration by bringing people in different parts of the island closer, it said.
The railway line constructed under the Indian credit line of USD 800 million on Monday saw the first train to Jaffna in 24 years. The Colombo-Jaffna train service came to a halt in August 1990 when the LTTE bombed the Jaffna railway station.

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