Mar 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris said that Indian authorities have provided security to Sri Lankans visiting India.
Minister Peiris told parliament Wednesday that maximum security has been provided to Sri Lankans visiting India as soon as Sri Lanka's High Commissioner in New Delhi and the Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai had made requests to the effect.
He said that Indian authorities have taken into custody and presented before court 10 suspects in connection to the attack on two Sri Lankan Buddhist monks.
Peiris added that the government condemns these attacks and has expressed its concerns to India.
The Minister made this statement in response to the comments and queries posed by opposition parliamentarians on the recent attacks on two Buddhist monks in Tamil Nadu.
However, the Sri Lankan government Tuesday issued a travel advisory to its citizens against traveling to the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
India's External Affairs Ministry assured that it will take all measures to ensure the safety, security and well-being of Sri Lankan visitors to India, including to Tamil Nadu.
"The Government of India, in consultation with the concerned state governments, has taken and will continue to take all measures to ensure the safety, security and well-being of Sri Lankan visitors to India, including to Tamil Nadu," India said Monday.
The pro-LTTE Tamil activists attacked a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk at the Central Railway Station in Chennai while on pilgrimage to Bodh Gaya with several other Sri Lankans and previously a Buddhist monk pursuing an archaeological degree in New Delhi was attacked in Tanjavur when he was visiting archaeological sites in Tamil Nadu.