India and Sri Lanka on 22 January 2013 signed two agreements for fighting against international terrorism as well as avoiding double taxation. The agreements were signed after 8th India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission meeting which was held in New Delhi.
Discussions held during 8th India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission meeting
• The agreements were signed after discussions on cooperation on various areas such as civil nuclear energy and many more. External Affairs Minister led the Indian side in the meeting, while the Sri Lankan side was led by G L Peiris.
• Issue of the fishermen as well as rehabilitation process of the Tamils in Sri Lanka was also discussed during the meeting.
• Apart from this, 13th Amendment of the Lankan constitution which provides autonomy to the provinces was also discussed.
It is important to note that India and Sri Lanka are the largest trade partners of each other in South Asia.
After the meeting, it was agreed that a dialogue between the Commerce Secretary of India and Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development of Sri Lanka would be initiated to progress the framework for special economic partnership between these two nations.