Jaitley meets UK, Lanka, Thai ministers


Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has held bilateral meetings with ministers from the UK, Sri Lanka and Thailand here to discuss investment possibilities and cooperation in combating the drug menace.

Jaitley met with Sri Lankan Minister for Law and Order Sagala Ratnayake, Thailand's Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya and the UK's Minister for Cabinet Office and senior policy adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron, Oliver Letwin, on the sidelines of the special UN General Assembly session on the drug problem.

With the UK and Thailand ministers, Jaitley's discussions were largely about MoUs India is working on with them over cooperation in drug control matters, a top official said.

The British Minister also updated on EU-related issues including the forthcoming referendum on June 23 when the UK will decide whether to stay in the European Union or leave.

Discussions with Sri Lanka focussed on Indian investment possibilities in the island nation and "various ways we can work together on promoting economic cooperation", the official said.

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