Sri Lanka and India should have greater parliamentary exchanges between the two countries, Speaker of India's Lok Sabha Meira Kumar said when she called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The two leaders also discussed the political situation in Sri Lanka, the developmental activities being undertaken by the government, and enhancing bilateral cooperation in the areas of trade, education and tourism, including establishing greater connectivity with the various States of India.
The Speaker conveyed her appreciation for the arrangements made by Sri Lankan officials for hosting the 58th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference and thanked for the warm hospitality accorded to the delegations.
She has appreciated the overwhelming public response the exposition of the Sacred Kapilavastu Relics received in Sri Lanka and the President has expressed his gratitude to India for giving 3.5 million Sri Lankans a chance to pay homage to the relics and agreeing to extend the period of exposition of the Kapilavastu Relics by a week.
Later the Indian Speaker has also met Sri Lankan Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris and discussed issues relating to, constitutional procedures and best practices, strategies for inclusive development and youth empowerment.
Mrs. Kumar was accompanied by accompanied by Prof. P.J. Kurien, Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha, Ashok K. Kantha, High Commissioner of India, and T.K. Viswanathan, Secretary General, Lok Sabha.