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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Samaraweera gets patient hearing from Indian PM.

[b]Samaraweera gets patient hearing from Indian PM. And usual advice[/b]

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

[b]New Delhi, 09 May ([/b] Nearly forty-eight hours after landing here in the Indian capital, the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera had a truly busy day meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and a host of other leaders. From all his interlocutors, he got a patient hearing and, the usual advice.

"The Prime Minister expressed India's interest in the continued stability and prosperity of Sri Lanka", External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna said after Manmohan Singh's meeting with Samaraweera. This meeting was preceded by talks with Anand Sharma, the minister of state for external affairs. Others Samaraweera met included Prakash Karat, the CPI (M) general secretary.

In all these meetings, more particularly with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, visiting Foreign Minister presented a status report on the peace talks and reiterated Colombo's continued commitment to ceasefire and the dialogue process despite the threat posed by the latest violent spat between the Rajapakse government and the Tigers.

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