The PM of Sri Lanka who was on a three day visit to India will meet PM Narendra Modi today.
The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe who was on a three day visit to India arrived at Delhi airport today. This will the first overseas trip after assuming the top office for the fourth term.
Wickremesinghe was received at the airport by Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
Wickremesinghe, who was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s prime minister for the fourth time last month following his party’s victory in the parliamentary polls, will also call on President Pranab Mukherjee.
It is learnt that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitely, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal, and Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will also meet the Sri Lankan Prime Minister.
Accrding to the sources the Sri Lankan PM is scheduled to meet PM Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during which he will hold extensive talks with the Indian leadership including on the sensitive fishermen issue.
The fishermen issue attained significance as Mr. Wickremesinghe has taken a tough stand on the issue in March by raising a controversy that Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters could be shot.
It is learnt that both PM’s will explore ways to further strengthen Bilateral ties. Another issue that is on the agenda is the implementation of the 13th amendment which calls for devolution of powers to provinces.
Sri Lanka on Sunday released 16 Indian fishermen as a gesture of goodwill ahead of Mr. Wickremesinghe’s departure to India. Ahead of Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka 86 Indian fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy were released.