Sri Lanka on Saturday said its ties with India are at a high pedestal and are moving forward smoothly.
"Our dialogue with India is continuing. Basil Rajapaksa was in India yesterday. The two governments enjoy mutual understanding," External Affairs Minister GL Peiris said.
He was replying in response to a query whether Colombo had come under pressure
from India on the ongoing impasse over its plans to amend the 13th amendment.As per the 13th amendment that followed the Indo-Sri Lankan Accord of July 1987, Sri Lankan government had agreed to devolve some authority to the provinces.
"India is important to us as our neighbour. Our President has described India as our relative," Peiris said in Kandy, pointing out that as many as five ministers from India have visited Sri Lanka this year.
"That shows the level of relationship," he said.
His remarks came as Basil Rajapaksa completed his two-day visit to India.
During his visit to India, Rajapaksa held talks with External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon and the Foreign Secretary.
Although the media reports suggested that India had emphasised to Rajapaksa the need "to fully implement the constitutional provision dealing with devolution of powers to provinces without dilution and go beyond it to ensure meaningful development", Lanka's External Affairs Ministry release on Rajapaksa's visit was dealing with other areas of discussion.
It said Rajapaksa's visit was aimed at apprising the Indian leaders on Sri Lanka's changes to the 13th amendment - the move to strip police and land powers to provinces.(PTI)
Comments - 18
Cobra Saturday, 06 July 2013 01:43 PM
Who is fooling whom?
Labby Saturday, 06 July 2013 02:08 PM
who asked him ?
crow Saturday, 06 July 2013 02:22 PM
Mason Saturday, 06 July 2013 02:43 PM
What an unreliable lie.
Porky Pig Saturday, 06 July 2013 02:51 PM
Oh! this is the best I have heard for this year. Any fool know the relationship between Sri Lanka and India is at its worse. India is playing the master role and that is why we have so many visits of Indian Ministers. It is not for the love of the Rajapaksa family.
Porky Pig Saturday, 06 July 2013 02:52 PM
Did you get your doctorate from the same place as your buddy Mervin or is it dementia.
Suq Madique Saturday, 06 July 2013 02:56 PM
GLP, don't kid yourself! India is and will always be a bully forcing us to swallow anything beneficial to them.