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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2735

The Indian National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon in Colombo

Colombo, 09 July, (Asiantribune.com):

The Indian National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon who arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday for crucial talks participated in the second NSA-level (National Security Advisor) Meeting on Trilateral Cooperation on Maritime Security between India, the Maldives and Sri Lanka was held yesterday (08th July) at the Ministry of Defence.

Menon's visit comes after Sri Lankan Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa who is also President Mahinda Rajapaksa' s brother last week flew to New Delhi to meet with top officials including Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to explain the government's plans on power devolution to the Tamil minority.

The move comes after Singh expressed "dismay" over the Sri Lankan government's plans to roll back power devolution under the 13th Amendment to its Constitution, which was made with the intervention of India in 1987.

As a first item in his agenda , yesterday he participated in the meeting on Trilateral Cooperation on Maritime Security.

The Secretary, Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa led the Sri Lankan delegation. Shivshanker Menon, National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India and Mohamed Nazim, Minister of Defence and National Security of Maldives headed the Indian and Maldivian sides respectively.

Agreement was reached by all on the importance of raising the maritime cooperation between the three countries in the current context of maritime security environment in the Indian Ocean region. The meeting follows several senior official and technical level consultations held between the three neighboring countries.

At the conclusion of the meeting an outcome document detailing specific areas of cooperation in the maritime security sphere was signed.

High Commissioner of India YK Sinha, High Commissioner of Maldives Hussain Shihab and Joint Secretary of the Security Council Secretariat (India) Saurabh Kumar were among the foreign delegates.

Prasad Kariyawasm, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India, S Hettiarachchi Additional Secretary (Defence), Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of National Intelligence, Commanders of Army and Navy, Director General of SL Coast Guard were also in the local delegation.

In the meantime, Menon who was previously India's top diplomat in Colombo, is expected to meet with a TNA delegation led by its leader Mr. R. Sampanthan and also to meet with President Rajapaksa today.

- Asian Tribune -

Shivshanker Menon, National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India,  Secretary, Ministry of Defence and Urban Development  Gotabaya Rajapaksa,   and Mohamed Nazim, Minister of Defence and National Security of Maldives – seen in the picture
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