Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is looking forward to an early visit by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to India, visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said when she met President Rajapaksa today, the President’s office said.
The Indian Foreign Secretary congratulated the President for his resounding victory in the recent Presidential Election and observed that so much had taken place for the better in Sri Lanka since she was last here as High Commissioner.
During the meeting she said the victory of the President gave much cause for confidence and hope for bi-lateral relations between India and Sri Lanka in the future, and that the Indian Prime Minister looked forward to an early visit by President Rajapaksa to India, the President’s office said.
Discussing current political developments in Sri Lanka, she said that the presence of more than 1,000 candidates for the forthcoming general election and the North and Eastern Provinces alone showed the enthusiasm of the people for the democratic process, and the change that had taken place with the restoration of peace. “There is a great sense of hope and optimism in the air wherever I have been to”, she said.
Commenting on the forthcoming general election, President Rajapaksa said there was much enthusiasm by the people to participate in it, being the first nation-wide election of representatives to parliament after the restoration of peace, and that he was looking forward to working with the many new faces and leaders who are expected to be elected, especially from the North and the East.
The Indian Foreign Secretary was of the view that Sri Lanka had made considerable success on the resettling of IDPs in the North and the East, with the number now standing at less than 70,000, and noted that this issue had now gone away from the attention of the international community. She expressed India’s willingness to continue assisting Sri Lanka in the resettlement of the IDPs. Similarly, India was also keen to assist in the complete restoration of the railway line in the North, she said
Among other matters of mutual interest discussed were that of the problems faced by fisherman from both counties, the proposed coal powered power project in Trincomalee, and the necessity for understanding between India and Sri Lanka on the protection of the environment and the eco-systems, the President’s office said. (Daily Mirror online)
India you better tell the president to release the General immediately , this is not Myanmar
Monday, 08 March 2010 06:06 PM
Monday, 08 March 2010 11:51 AM
By the way, what is the long term interest of Sri Lanka. We dont have a program of plan for the next foreseeable months. The Captain of the ship doesnt know the destination. He allows the ship to sail with the wind. This is the long term interest?
Monday, 08 March 2010 10:58 AM
India ahs been there for centuries and no big threat from them except a few failed south indian adventures but Chinese can invade nations by population explosion; they may sell anything to send people to any country, unlike Indians- always on the receiveing end. India and China should go to war and give the west a relief- they want to see that- that's why they always pass the buck on them!
Monday, 08 March 2010 08:28 AM
A very good move India...
Monday, 08 March 2010 08:27 AM
India is a true friend of Sri Lanka. The European Union is trying to establish a free trade agreement with India by October and they will help Sri Lanka to over come the GSP+ obstacle if the trade deal happens. If not for India, the 2.5 Billion IMF loan too wouldn't have been approved by IMF as the socalled UK, USA and some of the other EU nations who abstained from voting. Mr.Karu, kindly amend your quote as "LTTE sympathisers don't like India" and not the common tamil masses as a whole. Thank you
Monday, 08 March 2010 07:54 AM
India scared, China will take over Sri Lanka..
Monday, 08 March 2010 06:45 AM
Mr. Karu,,, mind your words,, and tell our foolish politicians also to mind their words,, if india create an agenda that sri lanka's north costel area are so dangerouse for their security,, then just think ,,,,, we are just a peanut infront of idian,,, dont just bark if you dont know how to bite,,,,
Monday, 08 March 2010 06:42 AM
I agree with you. People just make comments here without reading upon things and without any knowledge about how things work... Education make you wiser. And the bible says that 'an empty head, speaks too much"
Monday, 08 March 2010 06:40 AM
India has its own Agenda which certainly is not one that would be in the long term interest of Sri Lanka. India wants to tackle MR tactfully and pander to his ego as they want a foothold in this country to counteract the Chinese influence that MR has brought into this region. Why do you think the Russians awarded a Doctorate to MR? To honor him for his great intellect? Unfortunately NO. It is for the same covert reasons that Indians and the Chinese are courting Sri Lanka. If we think that the US and the EU are bad, we should be even more cautious in getting India, Russia and China as our buddies. Playing one against the other may yield results in the short term, but will not help the long term interests of Sri Lanka.
Monday, 08 March 2010 06:39 AM
Mr. John dont talk like a fool,, india will never agree to devide a country as it may effect once tamil nadu and kerala raise their voice to dividation,,,,and it would be a trump for south provinces of india to be seperated.
pls be more motivated and little educated,,,
Monday, 08 March 2010 06:00 AM
Mr Manmohan...He is looking for a new constitution...give an Indian made Masala !.
Sunday, 07 March 2010 11:27 AM
Excellent! That is very good and better than Iran, Libya, Myanmar etc.
Monday, 08 March 2010 02:36 AM
The truth of the matter is that India is running after Sri Lanka.
Monday, 08 March 2010 01:48 AM
We should get to know our big brother better. Have we got anything beneficial to us except perhaps Buddhism.
Monday, 08 March 2010 01:24 AM
How true - India is disliked by all its neighbours - there must be a good reason.
Sunday, 07 March 2010 09:52 PM
Great move by the Indians. peace in Sri lanka finally will be nailed by Indians. This would be the start of the second stage.
Sunday, 07 March 2010 09:06 PM
Every country have their own agendas and motives that are not put on the table. But why is it that we Sri Lankan always smell a rat in every diplomatic. move. . Definitely the words of some politicians who are just cardboard heroes without any substance.
Sunday, 07 March 2010 09:01 PM
welcome India, India is the ultimate power to finish off sri lanka problem.
Sunday, 07 March 2010 08:04 PM
why does sri lanka run after india? We don't India, the tamils also don't like india now. India is disliked by both the main population. We should really ignore india henceforth.
Sunday, 07 March 2010 06:49 PM
They must be planning to cook up something to deceive the Sri lankan and indian public.
Sunday, 07 March 2010 06:44 PM
MR Singh srilanka presidental election was not democraticy election.you may not known the value of democratic government.
Sunday, 07 March 2010 02:53 PM
Brothers hidden agenda to devide the country?
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