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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2908

Rohitha Bogollagama invited Indian leaders for the 15th SAARC Summit in Colombo

New Delhi, 17 June, ( Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama met in Delhi on 16th June with Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India and with Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, Minister of External Affairs of India. The Minister handed over to the two Indian leaders the letters inviting them to the 15th SAARC Summit and its antecedent meeting of the Council of Ministers to be held in Colombo from 31st July to 3rd August 2008, while also briefing them of current developments in Sri Lanka and consulting on the key issues before SAARC.Rohitha Bogollagama  and India’s  Foreign Minister Pranab MukherjeeRohitha Bogollagama and India’s Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee

During the summit Manmohan Singh will hand over the SAARC chair to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollogama who arrived in New Delhi on Sunday night, met Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday to apprise him about the security situation in Sri Lanka in the wake of recent LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) attacks.

Minister Bogollagama emphasized the positive outcome of the recently held election to the Eastern Provincial Council, which took place on the basis of almost all the major political parties in Sri Lanka participating in the contest and with an electoral turnout of over 65%.

The Government of Sri Lanka is now looking forward to working closely with the newly elected Chief Minister and his Board of Ministers, for the successful application of the provisions of the 13th Amendment and for the rapid development of the Province.

The Foreign Minister emphasized that continuity of the valuable work done by the past Chairs of SAARC, would be a guiding principle for Sri Lanka’s stewardship of the Association. At the same time, Sri Lanka would endeavor to engage the peoples of the region as closely as possible in the work and programmes of SAARC. Given the challenges posed by the increase in food prices and energy costs, regional responses for food security and energy self sufficiency would be high on the Summit agenda.

Mr. Bogollagama’s discussions in Delhi took place in an atmosphere of great cordiality and warmth. The Prime Minister and the External Affairs Minister appreciated the briefing on current developments in Sri Lanka. They expressed their thanks for the invitations and affirmed that India is looking forward to working closely with the host country Sri Lanka, for the success of the forthcoming SAARC Summit in Colombo. Rohitha Bogollagama seen with Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of IndiaRohitha Bogollagama seen with Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India

Minister Bogollagama prior to his departure on the evening of 16th June, met with the New Delhi based media at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club.

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