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India on Thursday dismissed reports that its missiles targeted strategic Sri Lankan locations, calling them "completely baseless and fabricated."

In a statement, the Indian High Commission here said that India has a longstanding indigenous missile development programme, which is defensive in nature and not directed against any country.

"Speculation on such sensitive issues in a manner calculated to mislead, is out of tune with the spirit of the friendly and close relations India and Sri Lanka enjoy, including in the fields of defence and security," it said.

The statement, which dismissed these reports as "completely baseless and fabricated", came as Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa expressed his satisfaction over his personal meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi last week.

"The visit was successful. It helped in further strengthening of our long and historical relations with India as our closest neighbour," Rajapaksa said during his monthly interaction with media.

Rajapaksa visited Madhya Pradesh on September 19 to lay the foundation stone for a Buddhist University in Sanchi and met Singh in Delhi.

His visit to India came against the backdrop of attacks on Sri Lankan pilgrims in Tamil Nadu, forcing the government here to issue a travel advisory warning against travel to the Indian state.

Rajapaksa's secretary Lalith Weeratunga, who was with the President at the media interaction, said Sri Lanka was keeping a tab on the latest developments.

Action would be taken to review the advisory depending on the developments, Weeratunga said. (Source: DNA)

  Comments - 28

  • ANTON Friday, 28 September 2012 04:00 AM

    It is time to equip with high powered antimissile.

    Javed Ahsan Saturday, 29 September 2012 04:47 AM

    This fabricated news looks like a fairy tale done by somebody who hates India-SL relations. Even a school kid would know the reality of this fabrication.

    VIS Jayapalan poet Saturday, 29 September 2012 04:20 AM

    OurSinhalese big brother always accusing Indian big brother. where can we go?.

    Thushara Friday, 28 September 2012 10:22 PM

    When srilanka is going to produce missiles?

    peeda mossa Friday, 28 September 2012 05:52 PM

    " Spirit of the friendly and close relations "? Bullshit. Since when is India friendly with us ?

    peeda mossa Friday, 28 September 2012 05:41 PM

    Yankee-Dickie was pro American, kumar. China had nothing to gain by supporting us at that time.

    DieIndians Friday, 28 September 2012 02:04 PM

    We stand by our story. Indian nuclear missiles targeting a non-nuclear state.

    warra Friday, 28 September 2012 01:41 PM

    it was sarcasm people. we should not resolve to purchasing any missiles, however, India is trying to be a big bully like they have always been. and SL should not give them room. because if the SL gov did put up a missile program in the country India would have had a lot to say.

    Sue Friday, 28 September 2012 07:02 AM

    Strategic locations? haha, maybe just one and who cares

    Anu Friday, 28 September 2012 06:46 AM

    Why they took such a long time to make a statement.... I don't believe them at all

    kalum Friday, 28 September 2012 05:49 AM

    For deterrence, we should place rapid deployment special forces and a delivery mechanism in the North. One battle hardened SL special forces brigade is worth ten soft Indians and they know it. We can never over run India & we don't need to. We only need to hurt them bad and for them to know we can.To begin with overcome this petite defeatist attitude.We are not as small as you imagine!

    Ikram Friday, 28 September 2012 05:31 AM

    Come on, India is not going to waste her missiles on sri lanka. All it takes for India to destroy sri lanka is to take out the Colombo port. Then almost 99% of goods, including food, will not be in the market. Sri Lankans will have to eat expensive cashew nuts then.

    ANTON Friday, 28 September 2012 05:00 AM

    What ever the talk on missile , your madam Jayalalitha had treated our innocent people (pilgrims not warriors) with clubs and poles ..why?

    .K.Han Patel Friday, 28 September 2012 04:31 AM

    we indians will not waste our time on srilanka. Since you clevel people have elected politcal people there already doing all the damage. why spend money on missile?. You have elected ones doing even we will not do to our worst enemies

    nalaka Thursday, 27 September 2012 12:59 PM

    India would know that Chinese and Pakistani missiles are targeting them if they target us

    bandara Friday, 28 September 2012 03:58 AM

    you think missiles are like buying something from a shop?

    and what exactly are these so called "strategic locations" in Sri Lanka, I don't think there is anything of that sort over here

    bandara Friday, 28 September 2012 03:54 AM

    china and pakistan would never come to sl's help if that happens, SL is being juts used by both these countries, they are not and will never be our true friends.

    Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 28 September 2012 03:44 AM

    If it becomes a Sri Lanka/India final; Premadasa stadium will be a target; for sure. Then we succumb. They win.

    ravi Friday, 28 September 2012 03:40 AM

    India is not Like Sri Lanka to get panic for china or Pakistan products if they wont sri lanka with in 1 to 2 hours is much enough by sea and air. guys try to something worth full to your country with out being an sri lankan jokers

    por ra Friday, 28 September 2012 01:57 AM

    but chinese missile will not work. see the case of norochcholai.

    mouse intimidation will not create panic in the mind of elephant.

    warra Friday, 28 September 2012 12:42 AM

    however, the SL gov should purchase two ballistic missiles from china and place them some where in the north to see what the Indians say.

    Ranjith Friday, 28 September 2012 12:22 AM

    Can you rely on cheap Chinese products to protect us. Do not try to show off banking on China. Cheena will keep quiet when we are in trouble as they did to Libya.

    naidu Thursday, 27 September 2012 11:43 PM

    com on Sri Lanka our target is only selling our products !!!! don't worry we don't have the money for that ...relax @@

    Hussain Thursday, 27 September 2012 10:50 PM

    This is utter nonsense. Why should India aim missiles at Sri Lanka, it serves no purpose. We have never been at war with India and in case we cannot win war against India. The only probability is that Indian missiles, may be aimed at Pakistan and not Sri Lanka.

    Nodrog Thursday, 27 September 2012 03:18 PM

    Knowing Indian product quality it will probably miss...... so relax guys.

    Worrid man Thursday, 27 September 2012 02:05 PM

    what a Dream your on

    Em Thursday, 27 September 2012 01:46 PM

    Are you sure they will spend there public money on wars for us??

    kumar Thursday, 27 September 2012 01:41 PM

    During the time of IPKF in Sri Lanka did any of these countries raised their voices against that?

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