Written by Staff Writer
28 May, 2014 | 8:45 pm
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Indian President Pranab Mukherjee met for bilateral talks at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, India.
The two leaders discussed matters of mutual concern for both nations. President Rajapaksa described the steps Sri Lanka has taken with regard to development and the ongoing reconciliation process in the country.
President Mukherjee commenting on the Indian Housing Project, said that 16,000 more houses are expected to be completed during the course of 2014, and the remaining houses will be completed during 2015.
Meanwhile the BBC Sinhala Service reports that the two heads of states discussed matters pertaining to a number of sectors. President Rajapaksa had also described the steps Sri Lanka has taken with regard to development and the ongoing reconciliation process in the country.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stressed on the process of national reconciliation which meets aspirations of Tamil community, during his meeting with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in New Delhi.
Indian Foreign Secretary , Sujatha Singh made the following comment at a media briefing held on Tuesday:
“He requested the government of Sri Lanka to expedite the process of national reconciliation in a manner that meets the aspirations of the Tamil community for a life of equality, justice, peace and dignity in a united Sri Lanka. They also discussed the fishermen’s issue, India’s development assistance programme and economic and commercial cooperation. In particular, PM expressed interest in early launch of the 500 MW Sampur coal power project and greater connectivity between the two countries.”
Meanwhile the BBC Sinhala Service quotes the Indian Foreign Secretary as saying that Prime Minister Modi had pointed out to President Rajapaksa the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the constitution and beyond and also cooperation to the process on bringing about reconciliation between communities.
Meanwhile The Hindu News website reports that at his meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushed to deliver on promises to devolve wide powers to the country’s Tamil-majority regions that was promised during diplomatic negotiations with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in 2010.
Meanwhile, the Presidential Spokesman and International Media Unit said that the two leaders had an in-depth discussion on issues of mutual concern such as rehabilitation, resettlement, reconstruction and the ongoing reconciliation process in the country.
Prime Minister Modi expressed his view that SAARC must focus on common issues that can benefit the region and reflect regional concerns on a global platform.
President Rajapaksa, welcoming the views expressed by Prime Minister Modi, stated that India’s leadership is crucial for the success of SAARC ventures and Sri Lanka looks forward to working with India in taking forward SAARC operations.
According to International reports, Prime Minister Modi had responded positively to the invitation extended by President Rajapaksa to visit Sri Lanka.The reports add that , Prime Minister Modi may visit Sri Lanka in August or September.
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