June 11, Colombo: The three-member Indian delegation currently in Sri Lanka has met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning and is scheduled to meet the members of the major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) before concluding their visit today.
The Indian delegation, led by Indian Foreign Ministry Secretary Nirupama Rao and comprising National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon and Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar, has handed over a letter from Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh accepting an invitation from President Rajapaksa to visit Sri Lanka, the President’s Media Division announced.
Director General of the President’s Media Division Bandula Jayasekara has told the local media that the visiting Indian delegation has handed over the letter of acceptance to President Rajapaksa during their meeting in Colombo this morning.
The Indian troika has already held discussions with External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
TNA parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran has told the media that the discussion with the Indian delegation today would be based on a political solution to the ethnic issue, the resettlement of the war displaced Tamil civilians and the country’s situation following the war.
The Indian delegation’s visit to the island immediately follows the passing of a resolution by the Tamil Nadu State Assembly to impose economic sanctions against Sri Lanka.