Indian Foreign Secretary calls on Sri Lankan President, visits Jaffna

Oct 10, Colombo: India’s Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai who arrived in Sri Lanka last Saturday on a three-day official visit called on the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Monday to discuss bilateral issues important to both countries.

The Indian official also visited the North today to review developmental projects progressing in various parts of Northern Sri Lanka under India’s assistance.

He has inspected Kankasanthurai Harbour development project and the housing construction scheme funded by Indian government, Sri Lanka’s state-run radio SLBC reported.

Governor of the Northern Province Major General G.A. Chandrasiri, Jaffna District Secretary Mrs. Imelda Sukumar and several top officials also accompanied the Indian Foreign Secretary.

Mathai has especially discussed with Sri Lankan officials the constantly nagging issue of fishermen from both countries crossing each other’s territorial waters.

Sri Lankan fishermen accuse Indian fishermen stealing their livelihood and Indian fishermen accuse Sri Lanka Navy and fishermen attacking them.

Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Ms. Jeyaram Jayalalithaa has urged Mathai to take up the fishermen issue with the Sri Lankan government when she met the Foreign Secretary prior to his visit to Sri Lanka.

Mathai is also scheduled to meet with other political leaders, including Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe, and representatives of the major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance before his departure today.

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