Sushma Swaraj arrives in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Feb 5 (IANS) Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived here on Friday on a two-day visit to Sri Lanka during which she will attend a meeting of the joint commission of the two South Asian neighbours.

She was received at the airport by her Sri Lankan counterpart, Mangala Samaraweera.

“Strengthening a cherished relationship. EAM @SushmaSwaraj arrives in Colombo. Is received by FM Samaraweera,” 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.

It is currently co-chaired by Sushma Swaraj and Samaraweera.

Ahead of Swaraj’s visit, Swarup said 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.

During the course of her visit, Sushma Swaraj will also call on Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickeremesinghe, 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.

The re-framing of the Sri Lankan constitution and the issue of Indian fishermen might also come up during the course of the discussions between the two sides.

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