Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary Muralidhar Rao, and Global Convenor BJP Overseas Affairs Vijay Jolly, met Peiris for half an hour at the foreign ministry here.

They appreciated the efforts of the Sri Lanka government "to effectively combat terrorism and establishing peace in this SAARC Island nation", said a press statement from Jolly's office.

Rao and Jolly also said that the issue of the pending 13th Amendment on devolution of powers as promised by Sri Lanka government earlier also needs immediate redressal.

"This is of paramount importance for lasting peace in Sri Lanka," the two conveyed to Peiris.

They also stressed on ‘safeguarding’ of the interests of Indian fishermen including release of their trawlers, evolving maritime mechanism between India and Sri Lanka, promotion of Buddha and Ram Ayodhya religious circuit for increased tourism along with strengthening of cultural and historical bonds between the citizens of two nations, the statement said.

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