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High-level Indian team to visit Lanka

[Express Buzz, Sunday, 5 June 2011 09:10 No Comment]

A high-level Indian team, comprising National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar is likely to be in Sri Lanka on June 16 and 17 to discuss a wide range of bilateral issues, an India High Commission official said.

The Indian team will meet a three-member Sri Lankan team comprising Secretary to President, Lalith Weeratunga, Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa, and Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

When the two teams were set up during the Eelam War IV, the understanding was that they would meet periodically to discuss all bilateral issues. SL is currently concerned about the renewed threat from the Western lobby on the issue of war crimes while the Indians are concerned about the slow place of their development projects in the island nation.

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