They held talks on all "substantive issues of engagement" between the two countries, the Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry said and noted that the contentious issue of fishermen was discussed for "some length" as the meeting coincided with the release of 37 Indian fishermen by Lanka.

Swaraj thanked Peiris for what India sees as "fast-track" approach viz-a-vis Indian fishermen in custody of Lankan government.

This was the first official talks between the foreign ministers of the two countries after the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government came to power in May.
During the meeting, which lasted for over two hours, both sides stressed on the need for a mechanism to have a long-term solution of the issue.
    
On economic and trade ties, they discussed investments in each other's country, the spokesperson said and referred to Sri Lankan investment of USD one billion in the project of Brandix Sri Lanka, one of the largest Sri Lankan apparel companies. Under it 1000 acre SEZ at Vishakapatnam will be developed to eventually draw investments of about USD 1 billion, and employment to 60,000 people.
    
Peiris also gave a "big presentation" to Swaraj about various measures taken by his government in the field of reconciliation and accountability process to protect human rights of various sections of the society including Tamils.

Both the ministers also had a "detailed" discussion over India's developmental projects in Sri Lanka. In this context, Peiris also briefed her about the status of India-assisted coal power plant in Sampur, Trincomalee in terms of clearances, the project has received so far.

His visit comes barely two months after President Mahinda Rajapaksa held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon after he was sworn in Prime Minister.

(JPN/Agencies)        

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