Sushma co-chairs India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission meeting

Colombo, Feb 5 (IANS) The ninth session of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission was held here on Friday, co-chaired by Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Sri Lankan counterpart Mangala Samaraweera.

“Reviewing a multi-faceted partnership. EAM @SushmaSwaraj & FM Samaraweera Co-Chair 9th India-Sri Lanka Jt Commissio”,” external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted.

The India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission was established in 1992 as an effective mechanism to address matters pertaining to bilateral cooperation.

Ahead of Swaraj’s visit, Swarup told the media in New Delhi on Thursday that the discussions in Friday’s joint commission meeting would cover the entire gamut of the relationship between the two countries.

Included in these would be economic cooperation, trade, power and energy, technical and maritime cooperation, social, cultural and educational matters, science and technology, defence cooperation, health, civil aviation, tourism and people-to-people contacts.

Earlier on Monday, after arriving here on a two-day visit to Sri Lanka, Sushma Swaraj called on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

During the course of her visit, Sushma Swaraj will also call on Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and former president Chandrika Kumaratunga.

On Saturday, the Indian minister will inaugurate a “Rise of Digital India” exhibition as part of “Sangam – Festival of India in Sri Lanka 2015-16”.

The exhibition will showcase the rise of the computing sector and digital technologies in India.

 

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