Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who arrived in Colombo on a two-day visit last Friday discussed the fishermen’s issue and issues pertaining to Tamil grievances with the government hierarchy, official sources said.

Sushma had pointed out that the fishermen’s issue has reached threatening levels and had urged both Colombo and New Delhi to engage in urgent talks to work out a plan to resolve it.

Having discussed the issue of Tamil grievances with her counterpart Mangala Samaraweera in Colombo, the Indian Foreign Minister was expected to meet a few Tamil political leaders to discuss issues in the North.

Last Friday Swaraj and Samaraweera co-chaired the 9th Joint Commission meeting and discussed key bilateral and regional issues.

The talks covered a wide range of relationship pertaining to economic cooperation, trade, power and energy, technical and maritime cooperation, social, cultural and educational matters, science and technology, defence cooperation, health, civil aviation, tourism and people-to-people contact.

The joint commission was set up in 1992 as a mechanism and process to address issues of bilateral cooperation.