Foreign Minister Shringla to visit Jaffna on Sunday
Colombo, October 3 (PTI) Foreign Minister Harsh Vardhan Shringla will visit the capital of the northern province of Sri Lanka, Jaffna dominated by the Tamil minority, on Sunday and will also visit the historic Temple of the Tooth Relic, the largest sanctuary for the island’s majority Buddhist, officials said.
Shringla began his four-day visit to Sri Lanka on Saturday, during which he will meet with top leaders, including President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, and review bilateral relations between India and the nation. islander.
He will travel to Kandy, the capital of the central province, where he will be received at the historic Temple of the Tooth Relic, the main shrine for the majority Buddhist on the island, they said.
It will then head to the eastern port district of Trincomalee and the northern capital of Jaffna dominated by the Tamil minority.
During the three provincial visits, Shringla would visit the projects funded by India and overseen by the Indian mission in the country.
Officials said his high-level engagements in Colombo were scheduled for tomorrow.
It would appeal to the three Rajapaksa brothers who are the president, prime minister and finance minister of the country.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was in the United States for the sessions of the United Nations General Assembly, will be back today.
In addition to the Rajapaksa trio, Shringla would receive for discussions a delegation from the main Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance.
India has consistently called on Sri Lanka to honor its commitments to protect the interests of the Tamil community and preserve the character of the island nation as a multi-ethnic and multi-religious society.
The Tamil community in Sri Lanka has called for the implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution which provides for the devolution of power to them. The 13th Amendment was introduced after the Indo-Sri Lankan agreement of 1987.
He would also appeal to Foreign Minister GL Peiris.
The Indian Foreign Minister, who is on his first visit to Sri Lanka, was received last night at the airport by his counterpart Jayanath Colombage.
The visit will contribute to the long-standing multifaceted relationship and strengthen the bilateral partnership between the two countries, the foreign ministry said. PTI CORR AMS
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