Indian Foreign Minister meets GL

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan | Published: 2:00 AM Sep 24 2021
News Indian Foreign Minister meets GL

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan

Indian Foreign Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, USA on 22 September, met Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, where the Indian counterpart indicated the need for a fair and just resolution of residual issues in the aftermath of the ethnic issues in the interest of both countries. 

On the other hand, Foreign Minister Prof. Peiris emphasised that Sri Lanka cannot accept any external mechanisms active on the ground, when robust domestic mechanisms are vigorously moving forward, stating that the Nation was greatly encouraged by many countries standing firmly with the principled position taken by Sri Lanka that resolutions against countries cannot work without the consent of those countries. Both Ministers agreed that bilateral relations between the two countries are of critical importance. 

The Indian Foreign Minister indicated that the ties between the two countries should not be limited to a single issue and emphasised the need for a practical conclusion of the number of projects pending implementation, indicating that it would give more confidence to New Delhi to move forward in enhancing relations. Both Ministers agreed on the need to conclude pending agreements to fast-track relations between the two countries.

 Minister Jaishankar confirmed that India is willing to work with Sri Lanka in many different ways, including enhancing peopleto-people contacts. The Minister also highlighted the need to engage with all stakeholders, including different political parties. At the discussion, Foreign Minister Prof. Peiris briefed the Indian Foreign Minister about the pragmatic and tangible action taken by the Government to resolve residual matters after the end of the conflict in May 2009, citing the fact that the Foreign Ministry, Defence Ministry and Justice Ministry were working collaboratively to address key issues, such as revisiting the Prevention of Terrorism Act, releasing of LTTE prisoners, and empowering independent institutions such as the Office on Missing Persons, Office for Reparations, Office for National Unity and Reconciliation, the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka and the SDG Council. 

Minister Peiris indicated that substantial progress had been made on many fronts and that efforts were continuing. He also indicated that there is strong political will to move forward in many different areas of bilateral relations between India and Sri Lanka. Prof. Peiris also explained the situation with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic and the successful measures being implemented by the Government of Sri Lanka to control the spread of the virus.  

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan | Published: 2:00 AM Sep 24 2021

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