Menon to visit Sri Lanka

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National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon is scheduled to visit Colombo next week to hold talks on a tri-lateral maritime security treaty among India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, officials said today.

Menon's visit to Lanka comes close on the heels of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's younger bother Basil Rajapaksa's visit to India.

Basil, the Minister of Economic Development, met External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid yesterday in New Delhi and expressed his appreciation for the vast number of projects that are being undertaken by India in Lanka especially in the Northern and Eastern provinces.

During the meeting, Khurshid conveyed India's concerns on the 13th amendment and urged Basil not to do anything to dilute its provisions.

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.

Apart from Khurshid, Basil held meetings with Menon and the Foreign Secretary.

Menon, who has served in Colombo as the Indian High Commissioner in the past, will visit Lanka at the invitation External Affairs Ministry and will feature several top level engagements, Lankan officials said.(PTI)

  Comments - 6

  • Renu Saturday, 06 July 2013 11:58 AM

    What tri-lateral talks he is coming here to tell us exactly what Manmohan Singh wants, and what the international community accepts

    Cobra Saturday, 06 July 2013 12:26 PM

    They are all coming and going and nothing seems to happen in this Miracle of Asia!

    Ampattan Sunday, 07 July 2013 07:39 PM

    I really don't know how many times this chap Menon has been in Sri Lanka to talk with President Rajapakse with regard to 13A. All I know he is very good friend of Rajapakse and will do nothing for the Tamils. So the Tamils should not rely on this chap. After all he is a Malayali and Malayalis don't like the Tamils and it is well known fact.

    meenavan Saturday, 06 July 2013 02:06 PM

    The president reiterate 13++ to Menon again.....

    Nodrog Sunday, 07 July 2013 11:00 AM

    More confusing is why SL allows them to dictate terms while declaring we are a sovereign country and will not allow anyone to interfere in our own affairs.

    Peiris Saturday, 06 July 2013 10:30 AM

    I don't understand.While India does not tolerate interference from other countries themselves,they continue to interfere in Sri Lanka.Do we really need them to run our country?

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