Sept 25, Colombo: India's External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will visit Sri Lanka on an official tour early next month, Indian media reported.
Khurshid is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka on October 7 and 8 according to a report in the New Indian Express.
Khurshid's visit, first to the island as the External Affairs Minister, comes two weeks after Sri Lanka's major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA), was elected in a landslide to run the Northern Provincial Council.
During his visit Khurshid is expected to meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa, his counterpart Prof. G. L. Peiris and other senior political leaders from across the political spectrum. He is also expected to meet the leaders of TNA including the newly-elected Chief Minister for Northern Province C. V. Vigneswaran.
Although Khurshid's visit to Colombo is said to be a part of his plan to visit various South Asian capitals on a priority basis, it comes at a crucial time following the Tamil party's victory and subsequent calls for power devolution.
Several other issues of interest that will likely to be discussed during Khurshid's visit will be the fishermen's issue and the participation of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the Commonwealth Heads of Government meet in November in Colombo.
However, India yesterday commended Sri Lanka for holding the elections for the Northern Provincial Council and said that Government of Sri Lanka has honored its commitment to the international community.