The Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar will travel to Sri Lanka on Tuesday in a visit to Indian cement relations with the island. The Minister of External Affairs is expected to release Indian fishermen being arrested last month during a visit designed to review the development of bilateral relations between the two neighbors from a strategic and long-term perspective.
Jaisankar has rushed to Colombo in a day of the sri Lanka president Gotabaya Rajapaksa responsible in November 2019, set a foundation for both countries to rearrange bonds. President Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa has traveled to New Delhi as soon as his foreign visit. The effort to deepen the bond continued in September when Prime Minister Narendra Modi held the first virtual bilateral summit with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, they were the first time after he began his new term as prime minister a month earlier after the party in front of the people of Sri Lanka secured both of them in the majority In parliamentary polls.
Jaisankar is scheduled to hold a discussion with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.
Officials said Jaishankar’s visit would look at smoothing the coarse edges in the relationship between the two countries which had become complicated over the past decade, mostly due to China’s efforts to expand its influence in the SM Lanka region.
Colombo has been, over the past year, signaled several occasions that India was a priority for its government, that Sri Lankan’s strategic security policy would have a “first Indian” approach even though it was open to dealing with other key players for economic development.
Jaisankar’s visit was a second upscale visit to Colombo in two months. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has flown to Sri Lanka in November for a trilateral discussion on maritime cooperation and security with Colombo and men.
The arrest of 36 Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu and the seizure of their ships which were allegedly on charges of hunting were discussed at a virtual meeting on December 30 working groups together in fisheries but there was no breakthrough.