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MEA: India will work closely with Lanka govt

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Published : Nov 22, 2019, 2:16 am IST
Updated : Nov 22, 2019, 2:16 am IST

Delhi expects Gotabaya to meet aspirations of Tamil community.

S. Jaishankar (Photo: PTI)
 S. Jaishankar (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: India on Thursday said it had conveyed its “expectation” to new Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa that Colombo would take forward the policy of national reconciliation to meet the aspirations of Sri Lankan Tamils for “equality, justice, peace and dignity”. India’s hope was conveyed when external affairs minister S. Jaishankar met the new Sri Lankan President in Colombo on Tuesday. President Rajapaksa will be visiting India on November 29 and 30. The new Sri Lankan President has said he is committed to the development of his country’s northern and eastern provinces (with a large Tamil population) and considers India a “valued partner” in this, the MEA pointed out.

New Delhi also said it would work “very closely” with the new government in Sri Lanka. It also said bilateral ties should not be seen through the prism of any third country.

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “Our relations with Sri Lanka, or for that matter with any neighbouring country, are independent of our relations with third countries. Our multifaceted relationship with Sri Lanka stands on its own footing and is rooted in our geographical proximity and historical connections. As the PM himself has noted in his congratulatory tweet to the incoming Sri Lankan President, we look forward to working closely with the Sri Lankan government for deepening our relations and for the peace, prosperity and security of the region. EAM met the Sri Lankan President and conveyed the PM’s message of friendship. President Gotabaya has accepted the PM’s invitation to visit India on November 29.”

The MEA added, “Dur-ing his meeting with President Rajapaksa, EAM (Mr Jaishankar) discussed our close and bilateral relations with Sri Lanka.

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