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India seeks to deepen Indo-Lanka ties

India sought inputs from individuals and institutions in Sri Lanka to deepen the political and economic relations between the two neighbours following the end of the civil war in the country.



Colombo: India on Monday sought inputs from
individuals and institutions in Sri Lanka to deepen the
political and economic relations between the two neighbours
following the end of the civil war in the country.

As India expands its activities in Sri Lanka since the
end of a three-decade ethnic conflict in May 2009, the Indian
High Commission here called on "individuals, institutions and
groups to submit proposals aimed at developing India-Sri Lanka
relations".
The government of India seeks to enhance the
bilateral relationship with Sri Lanka, the High Commission
said in release here.

Last year, new Indian consulates were opened in
Jaffna, the northern capital and in Hambantota, the deep
southern district homebase of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
There are many areas of Indian investment in Sri
Lanka and also assistance to resettle the Tamil civilians
displaced due to the ethnic conflict.

India is also assisting Sri Lanka in reconstruction of
its war-ravaged northern region by extending grants to build
railway projects.

Indian leaders have sought a "meaningful" devolution
package for the minority Tamils to address their political
aspirations.

India is taking a keen interest in Colombo`s plans to
arrive at a political solution acceptable to Tamils but taking
a less hands on approach unlike in the late 1980s when it sent
its military as part of the 1987 Indo-Lanka accord.

PTI

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