PM Modi pitches for implementation of Tamil reconciliation process by Sri Lanka

India on Saturday sought devolution of powers by the Sri Lankan government to the minority Tamils in the island nation and hoped that their aspirations for equality, justice and respect will be fulfilled as per provisions of the country’s Constitution.

After wide-ranging talks with his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the issue was discussed with an ‘open mind’ and hoped that the Tamil reconciliation process would be taken forward by Colombo. The two leaders also deliberated on a raft of key issues like bolstering anti-terror cooperation, expansion of trade and investment ties, implementation of joint projects in Sri Lanka and resolving the long-festering fishermen issue with a ‘humane approach’.

In his comments, Rajapaksa thanked Modi for his government’s ‘neighbourhood first policy’ and the priority he attaches to ties with Sri Lanka.

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