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Rajapaksa likely to be chief guest at Games closing ceremony

[Hindu, Sunday, 10 October 2010 21:03 No Comment]

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to be the chief guest at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on October 14.

State-owned weekly Sunday Observer said in a report that the invitation to Mr. Rajapaksa was intended to signal New Delhi’s support for Sri Lanka’s bid to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Mr. Rajapaksa was in New Delhi on an official visit in June.

It is immediately not clear whether his coming visit would create an opportunity for exchange of views on the situation in the post-LTTE Sri Lanka.

External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna will visit arrive here on an official visit in October last week. Besides holding discussions with his interlocutors on re-settlement of the nearly three lakh displaced Tamil civilians, he will visit the areas in the north, which were under the Tigers’ control, to gain a firsthand knowledge of the re-settlement and utilisation of Indian funds meant for such people.

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