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* Sri Lanka Foreign Minister underlines need for continued vigilance against terrorism to Rao
Mon, Mar 8, 2010, 08:56 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has underlined the need for continued vigilance against allowing terrorism to threaten the South Asian region when Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao called on him today.

The Minister had mentioned that Sri Lanka has successfully eliminated within its territory the terrorist menace that lasted almost three decades. Nevertheless, there were signs of the residues of the LTTE operating in overseas locations, attempting to revive this scourge. Overall vigilance against terrorism should extend to such endeavours as well, Bogollagama had added.

During the discussion on bilateral relations, Minister Bogollagama had pointed out that President Rajapaksa was elected for a second term to lead the nation and with President's vision for Sri Lanka's rapid regeneration and economic growth, there is a more conducive atmosphere for stronger economic and development partnership between the two countries.

During the discussions Rao had pointed out that she had brought an invitation for President Mahinda Rajapaksa to visit India.

Appreciating the acceptance of the invitation Foreign Secretary Rao noted that the forthcoming visit would give further momentum to the bilateral collaboration including in areas such as economic and trade co-operation, the promotion of investments and scientific and cultural exchanges.

The Indian Foreign Secretary was joined in the call on the Minister by the Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Ashok Kantha.

Rao is the first senior Indian official to come to Colombo after the conclusion of the Presidential Election last January. The Foreign Secretary has used her visit to reiterate the felicitations of Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on President Mahinda Rajapaksa's re-election.

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