Jaishankar and President Sirisena hold talks on several areas

Indian foreign secretary S JaishankarIndian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar called on President Maithripala Sirisena this morning and discussed potential Indo-Lanka partnerships in areas such as transport, energy and infrastructure, The Hindu newspaper reported.

Jaishankar, who is in Sri Lanka on an economic diplomacy initiative, is accompanied by an official delegation of top officials from public sector companies such as GAIL, NTPC, IOC and RITES. A team from the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) is also accompanying him, official sources in Colombo said.

Jaishankar, who arrived in Colombo on Saturday on a three day-visit, is holding a series of meetings with key government officials and business heads in Colombo.

“His meeting with the President lasted a little over 20 minutes and was largely focused on the economic diplomacy initiative,” a senior official with the Sri Lankan Government told The Hindu.

On Monday, the visiting Indian delegation will hold sector-wise meetings with their Sri Lankan counterparts. On the agenda, official sources said, are discussions on likely partnerships in the power sector — using Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) — , developing the Trincomalee Oil Farm and expansion of the airports in Palally in Jaffna Peninsula and Colombo, among other projects.

Following Sri Lanka’s decision this September to scrap an NTPC-aided power project in the strategically-important Trincomalee, India offered to partner the country in LNG and solar power initiatives.

The foreign secretary’s visit comes a week after President Sirisena met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Goa, on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit, where India offered to build a solar power plant in the eastern port-town of Trincomalee.

India and Sri Lanka are also negotiating a trade deal, the Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) which, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe recently said, would be signed by end of December. However, Indian government sources have maintained that mid-2017 was a more realistic deadline.

Jaishankar will call on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday, official sources said. (Colombo Gazette)

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  1. What ever the out come of President MS -SL and Govt. of Indian Official deliberation, that we have to understand without review of FTA between two countries is quite impossible sing ECTA in near future.

    President of SL has to follow WTO Rules ?

    Rules Article II Scope of the WTO
    “1 The WTO shall provide the common institutional framework for the conducts of trade relation among its members in matters related to the agreement and associated legal instruments including in the annexes to this agreement. ” WTO Page 05….

    The President of SL has no authority to exceed ours National Economic Sovereignty by passed People interest by himself at the cost of Ours nation Trade and Investment with related matters.

    We are not against ETCA but this is Not this time ripe for such agreement sing on the national interest is concern .

    If your have given such go forward for ETCA ,that will be surrender National development to Indian interest.

    No any corner of world that any type Trade and Investments agreement are going against Nation interest that will to set back Sri Lankan National development and undermined ours national Economy.

    President of SL has take to accountability of ETCA by unintentionally going to sing by forceful Indian interest take is priority.
    We are developing nation sustainability that nexus with independently path of Capitalism suited ours National conditions.
    President of SL has take into account ours national interest is FIRST priority of all Trade and Investment policies are guide by National Rules and Laws of locally and Internationally.

    That is key role play by the “Good Governances and Rule of Law” in Sri lanka of ours National Democracy.

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