Bilateral talks between India - Sri Lanka Foreign Ministers begin

Sunday, 18 January 2015 - 19:45

A discussion was held in New Delhi, India today between Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera and his Indian counterpart Sushma Svaraj.

This is considered as the maiden official international tour of Minister Mangala Samaraweera after he assumed duties.

The discussion between the officials included several topics such as the fishermen’s issue, refugee issue and President Maithripala Sirisena’s 100 day programme.

The Sri Lankan Foreign Affairs Minister stated that steps will be taken immediately to release Indian fishing boats in our custody.

The ministers agreed to continue the discussions between the fisheries organizations of the two countries as well as India- Sri Lanka bilateral agreements.

Meanwhile, Indian Foreign Minister has accepted the invitation extended by Minister Mangala Samaraweera requesting her to visit Sri Lanka.

Minister Samaraweera will be meeting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several other officials during this visit.

Meanwhile a press conference was held in New Delhi with the Spokesperson of the Indian Foreign Affairs Ministry Seid Akbarudeen, who elaborated information regarding the ministerial discussions including the stance of Sri Lankan government on issues in the North and East.

Regarding the relations between China and Sri Lanka, the spokesperson responded saying that India considers Sri Lanka as a valued neighbor.

He also said that it is the Sri Lankan government’s decision on how to maintain international relationships with other countries.

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