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Meira Kumar meets Lankan President Rajapakse in Colombo

September 14, 2012 18:09 IST

Developmental works being undertaken by India in war-torn northern Sri Lanka and the current political situation came up for discussion when Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar met President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo on Friday.

Kumar is in Colombo to attend the 58th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference. She  met Rajapaksa at his official residence and discussed a host of issues that concern the  relationship between the two countries.

"The two leaders discussed the political situation in Sri Lanka, the developmental activities being undertaken by the government and enhancing bilateral cooperation in the areas of trade, education and tourism, including establishing greater connectivity with various states of India," a release by Lok Sabha Secretariat said.

India is involved in a host of developmental works in the northern province of Sri Lanka, which was worst-hit by the bloodshed unleashed by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for three decades.

India is building houses for displaced Tamils, repairing schools and buildings and it is involved in other activities as well.

Kumar also met External Affairs Minister G L Peiris, who welcomed India's "extensive engagement" with Sri Lanka and referred to the upcoming visit of Rajapaksa to India as a continuation of this process.

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