New Indian FM to have talks with G.L

Days after taking over as foreign minister, Salman Khurshid is poised for two days of intense diplomacy with virtually back-to-back meetings with the foreign ministers of Iran, Sri Lanka, Oman, Kenya, Madagascar and the Seychelles.

During talks with his Sri Lankan counterpart G.L Peiris, Khurshid is expected to push for fast-tracking political solution to the decades-old ethnic dispute in the island nation, a source of much concern in India, the IANS news agency reported.

Peiris is expected to update India on steps taken by the Sri Lankan government for rehabilitating Tamils displaced by the war with the LTTE that ended over three years ago.

Issues of maritime security and expanding economic ties will be common themes that will cut across all these meetings.

Besides bilateral meetings, Khurshid will addresses the council of ministers of the 19-member Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC), a multilateral regional body that has acquired an added salience in view of the growing geo-strategic importance of the Indian Ocean region.