Sushma Swaraj meets Sri Lankan political parties

Colombo, Feb 6 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met with delegations of three Sri Lankan political parties here on Saturday, the second and last day of her visit to this island nation.

“Engagements continue post lunch. Tamil Progressive Alliance leaders meet with EAM @SushmaSwaraj,” external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted.

This meeting came after another meeting with a delegation of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress.

Both the Tamil Progressive Alliance and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress are part of the ruling United National Front for Good Governance coalition.

A delegation of the Ceylon Workers Congress, an Indian origin Tamil party, also later called on Sushma Swaraj, according to Swarup.

Earlier on Saturday, the Indian minister called on President Maithripala Sirisena and briefed him on the India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission meeting held here on Friday.

She later met former Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga at the latter’s residence here.

Leader of the Opposition, R. Sampathan, who belongs to the Tamil National Alliance, also called on Sushma Swaraj.

Another major engagement of the external affairs minister on Saturday was the inauguration of a “Rise of Digital India” exhibition, being held as part of the ongoing a festival of India in Sri Lanka, “Sangam”.

On Friday, after her arrival here, Sushma Swaraj called on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and co-chaired the ninth session of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission with her Sri Lankan counterpart Mangala Samaraweera following which two memorandums of understanding – one in the health sector and another on renovation of schools – were signed by both the sides.

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