India’s External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna is due in Sri Lanka tomorrow for an official visit.
According to the Ministry of External Affairs, Krishna will be arriving to take part in the Seventh Session of the Indo – Sri Lanka Joint Commission held in Colombo. During his three-day visit Mr. Krishna is expected to tour the North to observe the progress of the resettlement of displaced. The ministry also said that the Indian Minister would sign a number of agreements between the countries. Among these are an agreement to begin a passenger ferry service between Tuticorin and Colombo. In addition, he will open consular offices both in Jaffna and Hambantota. India has provided huge grants to develop the infrastructure in the conflict-affected areas in the North and East and to support the Government’s rehabilitation programs for the IDPs. During his visit, the Indian minister will hold discussions with President Rajapaksa as well as Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne.