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Wednesday, 29 January 2014 - 11:23
Update : Indo - Sri Lanka foreign Ministers agree to make the Indian ocean safe
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Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid yesterday held extensive talks with his Sri Lankan counterpart G L Peiris on key bilateral issues including fishermen, India-assisted developmental project in Northern Province and prospects for enhanced economic cooperation.

There was also a discussion about the satisfactory progress of the trilateral cooperation on maritime security among India, Sri Lanka and Maldives.

It was agreed that the Governments will remain engaged to ensure that fishermen on both sides can continue to pursue their livelihood in a safe, secure and sustainable manner.

During the meeting, Khurshid emphasised that "India attaches the highest importance to the safety, security and well being of Indian fishermen and thanked the Sri Lankan Minister for his personal efforts in ensuring the release of the Indian fishermen.

The Ministers also discussed issues related to the progress of some of the important long-term developmental projects which are being undertaken by India.

Construction of 43,000 houses under the owner driven model was underway with more than 10,000 houses already completed in 2013 in the Northern Province in the second phase of the flagship housing project by India.

Update : Thursday, 30 January 2014 - 7:53
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Minister G L meets Indian foreign Minister.

External Affairs Minister G L Peiris met with Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid today with the agenda to take forward the talks to resolve the fishermen issue and to also discuss the forthcoming UNHRC session where US is expected to again bring a resolution.

The Indian Express reported that G L Peiris arrived in Delhi yesterday for a three-day visit.

The minister is also scheduled to meet with ambassadors of foreign countries accredited to Sri Lanka but based in Delhi - with a view to brief them on measures taken by Sri lank to promote reconciliation ahead of the UNHRC session in March.

Official sources told Indian media that both the fishermen and UNHRC would be on top of the agenda.

The US has already indicated that it will be bringing a resolution before the UNHRC, which will be supported by European Union and UK.

Indian Sources pointed out that India’s position will be based on the wording of the text, as well as the domestic situation at that time with General Elections expected to be held in April.

The two ministers will also be reviewing the results of the meeting of the fishermen’s association in Chennai on Monday.

Update : Wednesday, 29 January 2014 - 18:35
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Sri Lanka and India External Affairs Ministers scheduled to meet today

Indian media reported that External Affairs Minister G L Peiris will meet Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid today with the agenda to take forward the talks to resolve the fishermen issue and to also discuss the forthcoming UNHRC session where US is expected to again bring a resolution.

The Indian Express reported that G L Peiris arrived in Delhi yesterday for a three-day visit, during which he will meet Khurshid today.

The minister is also scheduled to meet with ambassadors of foreign countries accredited to Sri Lanka but based in Delhi - with a view to brief them on measures taken by Sri lank to promote reconciliation ahead of the UNHRC session in March.

Official sources told Indian media that both the fishermen and UNHRC would be on top of the agenda.

The US has already indicated that it will be bringing a resolution before the UNHRC, which will be supported by European Union and UK.

Indian Sources pointed out that India’s position will be based on the wording of the text, as well as the domestic situation at that time with General Elections expected to be held in April.

The two ministers will also be reviewing the results of the meeting of the fishermen’s association in Chennai on Monday.






Update : Wednesday, 29 January 2014 - 12:50
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G L Peiris to meet Khurshid today

Indian media reported that External Affairs Minister G L Peiris will meet Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid today with the agenda to take forward the talks to resolve the fishermen issue and to also discuss the forthcoming UNHRC session where US is expected to again bring a resolution.

 

The Indian Express reported that G L Peiris arrived in Delhi yesterday for a three-day visit, during which he will meet Khurshid today.
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