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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2559

No Regrets But Only Concerns Expressed by India on Recent Attacks on Lankan Monks

Colombo, 19 March, (Asiantribune.com):

The Government of India has announced that “it has taken and will continue to take all measures to ensure the safety, security and well-being of Sri Lankan visitors to India, including to Tamil Nadu.”

This statement was released by the Indian High Commission in Colombo following the recent deplorable attacks on two Buddhist monks in Tanjur and in Chennai.

The savage attack on religious dignitaries was condemnable and deplorable, but in the statement by the High Commission has failed to express either regret or apology for the attacks.

However the High Commission in its statement has expressed only “concern,” over the recent incidents involving Sri Lankan citizens in Tamil Nadu.

Given below the full text of the statement released by the Indian High Commission in Colombo:

Begin Text :We have noted with concern the recent incidents involving Sri Lankan citizens in Tamil Nadu.

The Government of India, in consultation with the concerned state governments, has taken and will continue to take all measures to ensure the safety, security and well-being of Sri Lankan visitors to India, including to Tamil Nadu.

The state government of Tamil Nadu has taken immediate action to identify and prosecute the miscreants, in respect of the recent incidents.

These isolated incidents do not reflect the strong people-to-people bonds that have been an integral part of the close historical, cultural and civilizational ties between India and Sri Lanka.

Both countries consider these age-old bonds and affinities as strengths in our relations. India has been the leading source of tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka.

Similarly, over 250,000 Sri Lankans visited India last year. It is this perspective that guides all our actions on such matters. End Text

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No Regrets But Only Concerns Expressed by India on Recent Attacks on Lankan Monks
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