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* Sri Lankan government asked to reveal details of discussions between External Affairs Minister and Indian Premier
Tue, Feb 5, 2013, 08:45 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) has called on the government to reveal details of the discussion between External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake told a news conference that the government needed to reveal to the public the outcome of the discussion Peiris had with the Indian Premier.

Minister Peiris visited New Delhi last month to take part in the 8th India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission and following the meeting called on the Indian Prime Minister.

Commenting that the government has so far remained silent on the outcome of Peiris' meeting with Singh, Attanayake said the government needed to inform parliament and the people about the discussion between Peiris and the Indian Premier.

Despite media statements that Peiris had discussed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, economic and social development issues with the Indian Premier, the government has not made any official comment on the matter, the MP reminded.

A brief statement released by the External Affairs Ministry following the Joint Commission meeting said Minister Peiris has also met with the Prime Minister of India on 23 January.

The statement said Prime Minister Singh expressed satisfaction at the very productive Joint Commission session between the two countries and stressed the importance of meetings of the nature of the Joint Commission in strengthening the bilateral partnership between India and Sri Lanka in all sectors including economic, trade and security.

The Prime Minister has also appreciated several initiatives and projects by all stakeholders to increase bilateral trade and investment as well as people-to-people contact.



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