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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 6.03 GMT
We welcome Indian Prime Minister to Sri Lanka - President

 

President Mahinda Rajapaksa said he has extended an invitation to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Sri lanka when he met him at the Swearing-in ceremony in New Delhi in May 2014 and he is welcome to visit Sri lanka at an early date.

President said this when he was asked by a journalist about the statement made by Head of the strategic action committee of the Barathiya Janatha party Dr. Subramaniam Swamy that Prime Minister Modi would visit Sri Lanka early next year.

“We welcome him and I am going to extended the invitation once agin when I meet him at the SAARC leaders meeting in Kathmandu in November,” President rajapaksa said.

Dr. Subramanium Swamy is currently in Sri Lanka to attend the defence conference being conducted in Colombo. Indian media reports say he has revealed this fact to a group of media persons at the conference. Dr Swamy informed that Indian National Security Advisor is also scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka next November.

Dr. Swamy has reiterated that it is the Indian central government that decides the Indian policy on Sri Lanka, and not the state governments.

He has recalled how the then Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi had sought the opinions of the then Tamil Nadu chief minister Karunanidhi at the time of the signing of the Indo-Lanka agreement regarding the Kachchathivu island.

Some groups in Tamil Nadu were reported to have raised objections regarding the India's participation in the defence conference in Sri Lanka. Dr. Swamy added that the Indian Prime Minister as well as the Bharathiya Janatha Party leader Amith Shah have granted him permission to attend the event.






 
 
 
   
   
     
   
   

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