Sushma, Rajnath hold separate meetings with Sri Lankan PM, discuss terror

New Delhi, Oct 20 (UNI) India and Sri Lanka on Saturday exchanged views on strengthening bilateral relations and also discussed issues pertaining to security and terrorism in the region.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh held separate meetings with the visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe here.

“Continuing commitment to deepen our partnership with a close friend. EAM Sushma Swaraj

called on Sri Lanka PM Ranil Wickremesinghe. Exchanged views on strengthening bilateral relations and reviewed progress on development projects,” MEA spokesman Sushma Swaraj tweeted after the meeting.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh also called on the visiting dignitary.

“Had a fruitful meeting with the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Mr Ranil Wickremesingh in New Delhi today. We had deliberations on further strengthening cooperation between India and Sri Lanka on issues pertaining to security and terrorism in the region,” Mr Singh wrote in the micro blogging site.

The visiting dignitary will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The visit comes days after there was a controversy after reports in a section of media on alleged plot to assassinate the President and a former Defence Secretary of Sri Lanka.

The President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also held telephonic talks on Wednesday evening.