EAM Swaraj leaves for two-day visit to Sri Lanka

New Delhi, Feb. 5 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj left for Colombo for her two-day visit to Sri Lanka during which she will attend the India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission meeting.

Swaraj will co-chair the ninth session of the Joint Commission meeting with her Sri Lankan counterpart Mangala Samaraweera.

A range of bilateral issues, including economic, trade, power and energy, technical, defence and maritime cooperation, are likely to feature during Swaraj’s discussions with Samaraweera.

Both leaders will review India’s extensive assistance to Sri Lanka in housing, health, education and training of professionals, projects to enhance social and cultural ties. The problem of fishermen is part of the agenda at the meeting.

The two sides will discuss an early launch of ferry service between Thalaimannar and Rameshwaram and development of Ramayana tourist circuit in Sri Lanka and Buddhist circuit in India.

Swaraj will also meet the top Sri Lankan leadership, including President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Leader of Opposition and Chief of Tamil National Alliance, R Sampanthan and other political leaders.

The discussions are expected to give direction to ongoing negotiations on ETCA or the Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement, which both the sides eager to sign by end of the year.

On Saturday, Swaraj will inaugurate Digital India Exhibition, which is being organized as a part of Festival of India in Sri Lanka. (ANI)

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