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PM off to India today
[December 22, 2001 - 10.45 GMT]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe left to India today for a three-day official visit.  This is the first official visit the Prime Minister is making after assuming duties after the Twelfth General Elections.

During this three-day visit Prime Minister will seek Indian assistance for the country’s peace process aiming at reaching a political settlement through negotiations.  Prime Minister expects to hold discussions with the Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Defence Minister George Fernandez and the External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh. 

The Prime Minster is also expected to meet the Indian President K Narayan, Opposition Leader Sonia Gandhi, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jeyaram Jayalalitha and the Indian business community to attract more investors.  

Foreign Minister Tyrone Fernando, Economic Reforms and Science and Technology Minister Milinda Moragoda will accompany the Premier. 

Before his departure, Prime Minister met the President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.




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Last Updated Date: December 22, 2001  - 10.45 GMT.