Sunday, October 19, 2008

President discusses situation in the North with Indian Prime Minister

President Mahinda Rajapaksa had a telephone conversation today (18 October 2008) with Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, during which he briefed the Indian leader on the current situation in the North, where the security forces are engaged in an operation to disarm the LTTE and reinstate democracy, peace and stability to the region.
President Rajapaksa reiterated that the security forces are under severe instructions to avoid causing any civilian casualties, during this operation. He also informed Dr. Singh that Sri Lanka is watchful and appreciative of the concerns of India regarding the situation in the North, and aware of the context in which these matters have been raised.
Consequent to this discussion, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has invited the Indian Minister of External Affairs, Pranab Mukherjee to undertake a visit to Sri Lanka at an early date.
Both leaders agreed to maintain a dialogue at a high political level, in keeping with the longstanding and outstanding bilateral relations between India and Sri Lanka.

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