Saturday, January 17, 2009

Indo-Lanka relations never so warm and close - Menon to President

The relations between India and Sri Lanka have never been so close, so warm and so deep, said Indian Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon at his meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Kandy this morning (17).
President Rajapaksa met Mr. Menon at breakfast at President's House, Kandy, where they had a very and friendly exchange of views that lasted nearly 90 minutes, covering a wide area of relations between the two countries, the Presidential Secretariat said.
The Indian Foreign Secretary was briefed by President Rajapaksa on current developments in Sri Lanka including the military victories being achieved by the Sri Lankan security forces against the LTTE.
President Rajapaksa reiterated that the goal of his government was to find a political solution to the problem of ethnic relations in Sri Lanka, and that he would deal with terrorism firmly and militarily, as the situation required.
The visiting Foreign Secretary reaffirmed India's cooperation with Sri Lanka in the attempts to eliminate terrorism from Sri Lanka and the region, and observed that at present the relations between India and Sri Lanka have never been so close, so warm and so deep.
Mr. Menon was restating his views expressed at bilateral discussions with Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama held in Colombo yesterday (16), when he said that that India's relations with Sri Lanka have reached "an unprecedented level of depth and quality today".

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