External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar said that cooperation on ferry services, coastal shipping, grid connectivity and motor vehicle movement are important and we must collectively combat terrorism, violent extremism, transnational crime, cyber attacks and drug trafficking .
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External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar (S Jaishankar) participated in the 18th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka today. At BIMSTEC, the External Affairs Minister emphasized India’s commitment to enhance cooperation in the connectivity, energy and maritime sectors. He gave this information by tweeting. He said cooperation on dargahs, ferry services, coastal shipping, grid connectivity and movement of motor vehicles are important. We must collectively combat terrorism, violent extremism, transnational crime, cyber attacks and drug trafficking. s. Jaishankar had earlier on Monday met Sri Lanka’s top Tamil leaders and discussed the realization of the minority community’s aspirations for equality, justice, peace and dignity.
Jaishankar, who arrived here on Sunday night to hold bilateral talks with Sri Lanka’s top leadership and attend the seven-nation BIMSTEC summit, called on R. The main Tamil party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) led by Sampanthan met the delegation. Jaishankar tweeted in both English and Tamil languages, ‘R. Met the TNA delegation led by Sampantan. Discussed the realization of the aspirations of Sri Lankan Tamils for equality, justice, peace and dignity.
EAM Dr S Jaishankar attended at the 18th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting in Colombo (Sri Lanka) today; tweeted, “Emphasized our commitment to intensify and expand areas of cooperation, especially connectivity, energy and maritime cooperation.” pic.twitter.com/YGJI9wn0Hp
— ANI (@ANI) March 29, 2022
Meeting with the people of Tamil community
The minister also met leaders of the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) and discussed socio-economic issues of the Indian-origin Tamil (IoT) community in Sri Lanka. He said in another tweet, ‘M. Interacted with the TPA delegation of Ganesan, Tigambaram, V. Radhakrishnan, Uday Kumar. Discussed the socio-economic issues of the Tamil community of Indian origin. India remains committed to its development partnership with IoT.
External Affairs Minister talks to Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa
His meeting with Tamil leaders came days after Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa sought cooperation from minority community leaders to “rebuild the country” in his first talks since taking office two years ago. “Let’s work together to rebuild the country,” President Rajapaksa told TNA leaders who met him at the President’s Secretariat on Friday.
Jaishankar also met ministers Jeevan Thondaman and Senthil Thondaman on Monday and reviewed India’s development work in the country. “Exchanged views on expanding our cooperation,” he tweeted. Apart from India and Sri Lanka, BIMSTEC includes Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan. The summit is being hosted by Sri Lanka as the chairman of the BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) grouping.
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