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Jaishankar Meets Sri Lankan President, Signs Three Pacts to Strengthen Bilateral Ties – News18


EAM S Jaishankar is in Colombo to attend the 23rd Council of Ministers meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association. (Image: AFP/File)

EAM S Jaishankar called on Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe, and two engaged in extensive discussions aimed at enhancing the relationship between India and Sri Lanka

External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday called on Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo and held extensive discussions aimed at enhancing the relationship between the two neighbours. The minister, who is here to attend the 23rd Council of Ministers Meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), met with President Wickremesinghe at the Presidential Secretariat.

During their meeting, they engaged in extensive discussions aimed at enhancing the relationship between India and Sri Lanka, the Presidentโ€™s office said. Additionally, three new bilateral agreements were signed to foster greater cooperation between the two countries, it added.

Jaishankar arrived late on Monday (October 9) to attend the IORA Council of Ministers meeting โ€“ the highest decision-making body of IORA, the largest and pre-eminent organisation in the Indian Ocean Region with 23 members and 10 dialogue partners. At the meeting, India assumed the Vice Chair role of IORA for 2023-25 leading to chairing in 2025-27.

This was his second visit to Sri Lanka in 2023. Jaishankar last visited Colombo in January during which he held talks with Lankaโ€™s top leadership and discussed the entire gamut of close bilateral partnership and steps to strengthen it in all spheres.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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