A joint statement statement after a 90 minute meeting said a committee of officials will work out the details of future working arrangements under which the president and prime minister could work together on important national issues. 

Tuesday's meeting is the second between the two politicians since a power struggle erupted two weeks ago.

President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have been at loggerheads over power sharing and how to proceed with a peace process with the Tamil Tiger rebels.

The statement made no direct reference to the peace process involving the rebels which Norwegian mediators put on hold last week, saying they needed "clarity" on who was in charge in Colombo.