India and Sri Lanka on yesterday signed two separate agreements on combating international terrorism and avoidance of double taxation.
The two accords were signed after the 8th India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission meeting held in New Delhi.
Discussions led by Ministers of External Affairs Prof. G. L. Peiris and Salman Khurshid were focused on enhanced cooperation in a range of areas including civil nuclear energy.
The two sides also discussed the emotive issue of fishermen and rehabilitation process of Tamils in Sri Lanka besides the 13th Amendment of the Lankan constitution that gives autonomy to provinces.
“We comprehensively reviewed bilateral relations”, Mr. Khurshid told Indian media.
The Minister said that in his separate discussions with Peiris, he referred to the need for continued dialogue between the Sri Lankan government and representatives of Sri Lankan Tamil community.
He said this has to be done “with a view towards ensuring a future for the Tamil community that is marked by equality, dignity, justice and self-respect all of which are respected by Sri Lanka.
India and Sri Lanka are each other’s largest trade partners in South Asia.
“Given the vast untapped potential, we have stressed the need for intensive consultations towards a more comprehensive framework for economic cooperation and building of a special economic partnership,” the Indian Minister said.