Sri Lankan Foreign Minister arrives in India
During his visit he will meet Indian Foreign Secretary and hold bilateral talks with EAM S Jaishankar
Sri Lankan Foreign Minister GL Peiris on Sunday arrived in India on a three-day visit.
During his visit Peiris will meet Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and hold bilateral talks with External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar.
The last time EAM Jaishankar had met with his Sri Lankan counterpart Peiris was in New York in September last year on the side-lines of the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) when they had held a comprehensive discussion on close partnership and to advance the two nations’ shared agenda.
In January, EAM S Jaishankar had held a virtual meeting with Sri Lankan Finance Minister Rajapaksa and reviewed the progress in extending the Indian credit facility of US $ 1 billion for importing food, essential items and medicines and US $500 million for importing fuel from India.
During the meeting, the two ministers had positively noted the extension of US $400 to Sri Lanka under the SAARC currency swap arrangement and deferral of Asian Clearing Union (ACU) settlement of US $515.2 million by two months.
The Indian government had also announced a billion dollar assistance package in addition to other balance of payment support to Sri Lanka last month.
On Friday, India, under its covid-19 assistance, sent a consignment of 100,000 Rapid Antigen Test kits to Sri Lanka. More such kits will be delivered in the coming days, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said in a tweet.