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Sushma Swaraj in Colombo to attend Indian Ocean Conference

By Deepika

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday met Sri Lankan Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera in Colombo. She is in Sri Lanka for the Indian Ocean Conference 2017.

During the visit, Swaraj will be calling on the President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, a statement from the External Affairs Ministry said.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

"She will also have a separate meeting with the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister.

Ahead of her visit,"We will be very pleased to have the presence of the Indian foreign minister," Sri Lankan foreign Minister Thilak Marapona said.

The two-day conference is being jointly organised by the India Foundation, the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore, and the National Institute of Fundamental Studies (NIFS), Colombo.

Sri Lanka is expected to discuss strategies of combating drug smuggling in the two-day conference

"The theme of this year's conference is 'Peace, Progress and Prosperity' and will involve participants from more than 35 countries.

There will be ministerial representation from Bangladesh, Japan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Vietnam and the conference will also be attended by senior officials from the USA, Australia, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Germany, Kenya, South Korea and Afghanistan among others, India Foundation had said in a statement.

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