Gota meets Indian Def. Minister

26 October 2012 06:47 am - 12     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Against the backdrop of protests in Tamil Nadu against training to Lankan defence personnel, India and Sri Lanka held discussions yesterday on furthering their defence cooperation.

Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, who is in India on the invitation of National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon, called on Defence Minister A K Antony, Defence Ministry officials said.

He also held a meeting with Defence Secretary Shashikant Sharma in which the two are understood to have discussed the entire gamut of military relations between the two sides, they said.
The meetings have come at a time when Tamil Nadu political parties are vehemently opposing any kind of military ties with the Island nation.

However, despite these protests, the Defence Ministry has decided to continue military relations and is also planning to hold joint exercises with Sri Lankan armed forces along with training its personnel.

It has also tried to address the concern of the Tamil Nadu political parties on the issue and has directed the armed forces to hold the joint drills away from the south Indian states.(PTI)
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  • Rohan Carlo Friday, 26 October 2012 08:28 AM

    Gotta will settle it.

    Thomas Friday, 26 October 2012 09:31 AM

    Did they ask him why he is clamoring for the abolition of 13th Amendment. Probably they requested him to get the support of all MPs to Abolish the Executive Presidency, and then try other.

    mohandev Friday, 26 October 2012 10:16 AM

    Greatest public servant SL ever had. Gam Udawa king premadasa nor any one in the crony UNP can match his talent, vision & brilliance without any political aspirations of his own. Others are merely jealous to see the transformation of colombo to the best green city in asia

    KABAB Saturday, 27 October 2012 02:59 AM

    This is a completely different story. Gota was summoned by Indian authorities.

    Mahinda Leelaratne Friday, 26 October 2012 10:55 AM

    Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksha is the greatest son of Sri Lanka, who well deserves the salute of the nation. May you live long for us!

    Lobo Friday, 26 October 2012 12:35 PM

    This news is sure to bring more howls of protests from Karunanidhi and the now silent Jayalalitha.

    Imran Hussein Saturday, 27 October 2012 08:12 AM

    Okay okay, just cool down man. Hypertension isnt good for you.

    Gampolaya Saturday, 27 October 2012 09:04 AM

    Hats off to Mr.Gotabhaya Rajapaksa for defending Sri Lankas honour in difficult times and suggesting that we do away with the 13 th ammendment to the Constitution.

    Naman Saturday, 27 October 2012 09:40 AM

    Development /beautification of Colombo is one thing but taking away the rights to freedom of speech/media/religious practices
    Is another.
    They should take place together.
    Eliminating people with opposite views is NOT correct

    Naman Saturday, 27 October 2012 09:45 AM

    The Indians have realised that the only person in Sri Lanka that matters is G.R.
    He is the mover& the shaker of GoSL. i.e. to put in different way ,G.R. Is Brahma, Vishnu and Lord Siva ---3in 1
    He can create protect and destroy at his will!!!

    Kanthie Friday, 26 October 2012 08:01 AM

    He is off the road,carpeted.

    saliya Friday, 26 October 2012 08:21 AM

    It is before UN vote on periodic review, Indian in a bagain business again.


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