Friday, 04 July 2014 - 8:07
Minister G L Peris to India for discussion about Indo - SL Fisheries problem.
Foreign Minister G L Peiris will be visiting India next week to hold talks with his counterpart Sushma Swaraj during which key issues, including the welfare of Tamils in Lanka and fishermen, are expected to be discussed.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said that India and Lanka were working on Professor Peiris' visit and "it is likely that he will visit this month".
On the issue of Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan jails, he said more than 175 fisherman have been released since the new government took over and "there is a small number of fishermen who are still in the custody of Sri Lanka and the Mission is working" to secure their release.
This will be Professor Peiris' second visit to India after the installation of the new government.
Earlier, he had accompanied President Mahinda Rajapaksa who attended Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in on May 26th.