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Foreign Secretary Holds Talks With Visiting Sri Lanka Foreign Minister

Source : Asian News International (ANI)

Foreign Secretary Holds Talks With Visiting Sri Lanka Foreign Minister
Shringla holds talk with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister GL Peiris

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla called on the visiting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister GL Peiris on Tuesday, wherein they discussed boosting relationships in multiple areas.

Taking to Twitter, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “Foreign Secretary @harshvshringla called on the visiting Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Prof. G. L. Peiris. Discussed strengthening of the relationship in multiple spheres including a people-centric development partnership. @MFA_SriLanka”

Earlier, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Monday met Sri Lankan Foreign Minister GL Peiris in New Delhi and discussed prospects of economic investment initiatives to strengthen the island nation and exchanged views on the fishermen issue.

Dr Jaishankar said he held productive talks with his Sri Lankan counterpart that focused on additional steps to enhance Sri Lanka’s energy security.

Both the Ministers recognized the importance of greater tourism for economic recovery. They also noted the importance of people to people linkages through greater connectivity.

Mr Peiris’s three-day visit comes as Sri Lanka is facing economic hardship back home.

Dr Jaishankar last met Mr Peiris in September last year in New York where they held a comprehensive discussion on the close partnership between the two countries.

Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa travelled to India in December last year. His trip focused on measures concerning the economic crisis faced by the island nation.

Moreover, Dr Jaishankar had a virtual meeting with Sri Lankan Finance Minister on January 15, where he conveyed that India has always stood with Sri Lanka and will continue to extend support.

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister’s latest visit comes days after the USD 400 million SAARC currency swap facility was extended to Sri Lanka and the ACU settlement of USD 515.2 million was deferred by two months. Another USD 500 million LOC for the purchase of fuel from India has also been extended.

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