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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

Sri Lanka President wraps up his India visit

[b]Sri Lanka President wraps up his India visit[/b]

By M Rama Rao – Asian Tribune

[b]New Delhi, 30 December ([/b] President Mahinda Rajapakse is returning home tomorrow with a brief stop over in Kochi to pay his obeisance at the famous Guruvayoor temple amidst indications that he has relented to let Oslo play host to peace talks next month.

Today, his engagements included meetings with Sonia Gandhi, the Congress party chief, who is also the Chairperson of ruling alliance, and leaders of the mainline communist parties. Several Federal Ministers called on him. He also interacted with Indian business tycoons.

Like in his talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday, the meetings with political leaders were also dominated by the peace issue and the LTTE intransigence as also unpredictability.

First lady of Sri Lanka Shirandthi Rajapakse was present at the nearly thirty minutes long Sonia- Rajapakse meeting.

Officially there is no word on what advice or assurance, if any, India has given to its neighbor. The official position so far is that New Delhi favored resumption of peace process; that means restarting of stalled negotiations between LTTE and Colombo.

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