“Looking forward to close coordination”

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Sunday said he discussed a range of issues with Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and looked forward to “close coordination” with India.

 Referring to the talks, Mr. Akbaruddin said, “India and Sri Lanka have decided to re-engage on the issue of repatriation of refugees currently in India. The talks between officials on this matter will begin before the end of this month.”

 The talks included areas of political and economic cooperation, the new government’s efforts in the reconciliation process, the development partnership between the two neighbours and fishermen related issues, he explained.

 Mr. Samaraweera informed Ms. Swaraj that the modus operandi for the return of 87 Indian fishing boats was being worked out. Ms. Swaraj has accepted an invitation to visit Colombo for the ninth meeting of the India- Sri Lanka Joint Commission. Mr. Samaraweera is also carrying an invitation for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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