India and Sri Lanka discuss drugs issue and development assistance


India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has had talks with Sri Lanka on combating drugs and development assistance.

The IANS news service reported that Jaitley met with ministers from Britain, Sri Lanka and Thailand at the UN office to discuss cooperation in fighting the international drug menace.

Jaitley met the ministers on the sidelines of the General Assembly Special Session on the drug problem, according to the Indian mission at the UN.

During Jaitlehy’s meeting with Sagala Ratnayake, the Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development, in addition to issues of combating drugs, they also discussed development assistance and investments.

With Oliver Letwin, the British Minister for the Cabinet Office and adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron, and Thai Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya, Jaitley discussed memorandums of understanding on cooperation in drugs and narcotics control.

These pertain to improving cooperation, learning about best practices and learning from efforts undertaken and about newer forms of substance abuse. 

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