Visit of Indian senior officials to Sri Lanka likely to take place after May 26

May 15, Colombo: Diplomatic sources say that the visit of the top level Indian diplomats to Sri Lanka is likely to take place after May 26.

The visit of the Indian delegation comprising National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, and Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar was to take place last Friday but postponed due to tensions between India and Pakistan after the killing of Osama Bin Laden.

The delegation is expected to hold discussions with the President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and other senior politicians and officials.

India’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Ashok Kantha left for New Delhi on Friday for consultations. He is expected to return to Sri Lanka within a week.

Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister of Sri Lanka Prof. G.L. Peiris will arrive in New Delhi tomorrow for discussions with the Indian leaders on the Darusman report.

Minister Peiris is to meet with the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister P. Chidambaram.

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