External Affairs Minister Prof G L Peiris is scheduled to leave Colombo today on a 3-day visit to India to hold talks with Indian Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj during which key issues, including the welfare of Tamils in Lanka and fishermen, are expected to be discussed. The talks are scheduled to be held tomorrow (July 11) in New Delhi.
This is the first official discussions between the two ministers of external affairs after the new Bharatiya Janata Party Government came to power in May 2014. The issue of Indian fishermen encroaching into Sri Lankan waters is likely to be one of the topics of discussion.
Prof Peiris is also scheduled to meet Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and A. Chandrashekaran, Chief Minister of the newly created Telengana State. The talks will focus on strengthening Sri Lanka’s trade relations with Andhra Pradesh and Telengana.
This will be Prof Peiris' second visit to India after the installation of the new government there. Earlier, he had accompanied President Mahinda Rajapaksa who attended Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in on May 26.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon after he was sworn in Prime Minister.