India calls on SL to fulfil Tamil community’s aspirations

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India calls on SL to fulfil Tamil community's aspirations

India on Saturday hoped that the Sri Lankan government will realise the aspirations of the Tamil community in the island nation as the issue figured prominently in wide-ranging talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa.
In their talks, the two prime ministers deliberated on the entire expanse of bilateral ties and resolved to further deepen anti-terror cooperation and boost trade and investment ties.

Rajapaksa's visit in Delhi assumed significance as his tenure as Sri Lanka's president from 2005 to 2016 saw expansion of China's footprints in the Indian Ocean island nation, triggering concerns in India.

"Stability, security and prosperity in Sri Lanka is in India's interest, but also in the interest of the entire Indian Ocean Region," Modi said in his media statement.

He said India has been a "trusted partner" in Sri Lanka's development and will continue to assist the country in its journey for peace and development.

On the long-pending Tamil issue, Modi said he was confident that the Sri Lankan government will realise expectations of equality, justice, peace and respect of the Tamil people within a united Sri Lanka,

Referring to the fishermen issue, Modi said both sides have decided to adopt a humanitarian approach in dealing with it. "We have decided to deepen cooperation to combat terrorism," Modi said.

Mahinda Rajapaksa, elder brother of Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, arrived in Delhi on Friday on a five-day visit, his first overseas tour after being appointed as prime minister of the island nation in November last year.(PTI)

  Comments - 5

  • SandunW Saturday, 08 February 2020 07:34 PM

    Not at the risk of losing our sovereign state! Sri Lanka is the only homeland we have for ourselves!

    Jeeves Saturday, 08 February 2020 07:37 PM

    Perhaps our aspirations should be respected too! Including our rights to live ANYWHERE in Sri Lanka; north, south, east and west!

    Kathirgaman Sunday, 09 February 2020 10:23 AM

    Soverign State of Sri Lanka is not only sinhalese but Tamils and Muslims too

    Sokrates Sunday, 09 February 2020 11:07 AM

    A nation is only as good as it treats its minorities.

    Sando Monday, 10 February 2020 09:56 AM

    No to Federalism..... Army Sacrificed much.....Not to give a Separate State......TNA must be neutralized for bringing in racism. All must live together. July 83 what was the Party in Power? U.N.P or other......


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