Lankan Prez visits India

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New Delhi: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena arrived on February 16 on a four-day visit during which he is supposed to hold talks with the Indian leadership on the entire gamut of bilateral ties which includes numerous ways to enhance cooperation, peace in the island nation.

Sirisena, replaced Mahinda Rajapaksa from his 10-year-rule in a bitter presidential poll. The Sri-Lankan President includes that he wants to have a very close and friendly relationship with India. The Sri Lankan President and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will accompany each other for all major issues such as regeneration of power to the Tamil community and the fisherman issue.

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India has been hoping that the new government will develop a strong bond much genuine in nature and effective which will lead to a better inter-friendship zonal bond. Later in evening, Sirisena will meet President Mukherjee who will also hold a banquet in his honour. In the last month, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister  Mangala Samaraweera visited India and held a talk with External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj, on re-engage on repatriation of refugees from India, political reconciliation of press and the fisherman issue. According to reports, more than 1, 00,000 refugees from Sri Lanka are in Tamil Nadu, out of which some 68,000 are staying in 100 government run camps.

The Sri Lankan President’s last stop will be at Tirupati on February 17 before returning to his home.

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