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President Mahinda Rajapaksa is reported to have told the Cabinet meeting that his discussions with US Secretary of State John Kerry had made him realize that the US had softened its stance on Sri Lanka.

According to Government sources the President had said the meetings he had with Mr. Kerry and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Session in New York were fruitful.

Describing the meetings as highly successful, he said India would not act in a manner that was unfavorable to Sri Lanka.

The President said Mr. Modi’s only request was that the Sri Lankan Government should talk to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and explained why he rejected the TNA’s request to appoint a special envoy to Sri Lanka.

Mr. Modi is expected to visit Sri Lanka early next year preceded with a visit by Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to review bilateral relations between India and Sri Lanka.

The President also met the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General Iyad Madani and extended an invitiation to visit Sri Lanka.
Mr. Madani is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka shortly with his office keeping in touch with the External Affairs Ministry to work out his itinerary. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 11

  • saman Wednesday, 01 October 2014 04:40 AM

    When the Chinese nuclear submarine popped up in the harbour, US and India got the message loud and clear!

    Saman Wednesday, 01 October 2014 05:11 AM

    They see no need to hammer us when our own people are hammering each other in New York.

    Mason Wednesday, 01 October 2014 05:22 AM

    In US absence you thump your chest and in their presence you cringe. Backbone needs treatment.

    Labby Wednesday, 01 October 2014 06:23 AM

    This is nothing but election propaganda. Now the masses are not so naive as to fall for these blantant downright lies.

    mount Wednesday, 01 October 2014 12:08 PM


    Niranjan Wednesday, 01 October 2014 06:47 AM

    Yeah right...

    Intel Wednesday, 01 October 2014 09:40 AM

    Do you think china really care about you guys??? wait for another 10 years.....

    Asarana Wednesday, 01 October 2014 10:06 AM

    Was Mr. Kerry also invited for the Gala Dinner at the Hotel Astoria for him to soften so easily.

    WebSavy Wednesday, 01 October 2014 11:14 AM

    Nothing new fro, our MR. Operation success patient dead story, People must understand that China may be powerful. However it is no way match to Nato.Chinese also know about it.

    sena Wednesday, 01 October 2014 11:36 AM

    bcs USA have some hopes to capture SL after UVA polls

    tharindu Friday, 03 October 2014 05:02 AM

    They are still tough

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