Shiv Shankar Menon arrives in Colombo

Indian National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon arrived here late on Thursday night to discuss issues arising out of Sri Lanka’s reluctance to fulfill its promises, more than three years after the crushing defeat of the Tamil Tigers.

He will meet Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and others on Friday, ahead of heading back in one of the shortest visits by a visiting Indian official in recent times. Mr Menon, who arrived in a special aircraft, is accompanied by the Joint Secretary (BSM) Harsh Vardhan Shringla.

In the previous visits during and after the Eelam War IV, the first of which he undertook as Foreign Secretary, Mr Menon had outlined the Indian expectations, and had encouraged Sri Lanka to travel the path of genuine reconciliation post-war. Nothing of that sort happened in the manner India hoped it would. Rather, Sri Lanka has taken a completely different path, and has firmly focused on policing the State better, apart from embarking on a series of infrastructure development measures in the North. (Source: The Hindu)

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