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Khurshid to visit Lanka from tomorrow for bilateral talks

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will pay a two-day visit to Sri Lanka from tomorrow to hold talks with the country's top leadership on key issues, including Indian fishermen languishing in jails there

PTI [ Updated: October 06, 2013 13:03 IST ]
khurshid to visit lanka from tomorrow for bilateral talks
khurshid to visit lanka from tomorrow for bilateral talks

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will pay a two-day visit to Sri Lanka from tomorrow to hold talks with the country's top leadership on key issues, including Indian fishermen languishing in jails there and devolution of powers to the provinces.







This is his first visit to Sri Lanka as the External Affairs Minister and comes immediately after the provincial elections in Tamil-dominated Northern Province last month which Sri Lanka's Tamil National Alliance (TNA) won.  
Apart from holding talks with his Sri Lankan counterpart G L Peiris, Khurshid will call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa and meet other senior leaders.

He will also visit Jaffna and is expected to meet top leaders there, including Chief Minister-elect of the Northern Province C V Wigneswaran, who will be sworn in by President Rajapaksa tomorrow in Colombo.

Expeditious implementation of the 13th amendment on devolution of powers to the provinces, Indian fishermen languishing in Sri Lankan jails, implementation of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission and cooperation in commerce are some of the main issues which are expected to be highlighted by the minister during his meetings.  

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