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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 114

Mahinda Rajapakse begins today state visit to India

[b]Mahinda Rajapakse begins today state visit to India[/b]

By M Rama Rao – Reporting from New Delhi

[b]New Delhi, 27 December ([/b] The Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse arrives here Today on a four-day state visit. His official engagements, which include wide ranging talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and ruling alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi will begin on Wednesday, Dec 28.

Rajapakse, who is coming with senior ministers A.H.M. Fowzie (transport & petroleum), Jeyeraj Fernandopulle ( trade and highways), Ferial Ashraff (housing), Felix Perera (fisheries), Rohitha Abeygunawardana (overseas employment) and Vadivel Suresh (health), will discuss the whole spectrum of bilateral relations.

On the political side, the visiting delegation will keep New Delhi posted with the latest stirrup. India will be keen to know the developments in the wake of first high political assassination after the change of guard in the Island.

The killing of Tamil lawmaker Joseph Pararajasingham inside a church was first such incident and the impression here is that it may cast a shadow on the peace process given the close ties the TNA leader had with the LTTE.

Colombo will like Manmohan government to be active in the peace process. So far, India has not divulged its mind though it is showing more interest than in the past five-six years. An Indian representative had met the co-chairs after their meeting in Brussels on Dec 19.

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