Sushma meets ex-Sri Lankan president, leader of opposition

Colombo, Feb 6 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday called on former Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga and Leader of Opposition R. Sampathan of the Tamil National Alliance here.

“Renewing ties with an old friend. EAM @SushmaSwaraj meets former president Chandrika Kumaratunga at her residence,” external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup, who is accompanying the minister, tweeted.

“Engaging across the political spectrum. Leader of the Opposition, TNA’s R. Sampathan calls on EAM @SushmaSwaraj,” he stated in another tweet.

Earlier on Saturday, the second and final day of her visit to this island nation, Sushma Swaraj called on President Maithripala Sirisena and briefed him on the India -Sri Lanka Joint Commission meeting held here on Friday.

She also inaugurated a “Rise of Digital India” exhibition here as part of the ongoing “Sangam”, a festival of India in Sri Lanka.

On Friday, after her arrival here, she 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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