Aug 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's External Affairs Ministry says that India is still silent about its participation at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo this November.
Monitoring MP for the External Affairs Ministry, Sajin Vass Gunawardena told a news conference today that India has neither confirmed nor rejected Sri Lanka's invitation for it to attend the CHOGM.
He observed that there is no cause for concern regarding India's stance since India has not yet made any official statement about it.
External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris handed over the official invitation for the meeting to the Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Monday (19).
India's central government is under pressure from the Tamil political parties in Tamil Nadu to boycott the event.
According to Vass Gunawardena, 54 Heads of States are to be present at CHOGM and the Commonwealth Council has confirmed the participation of approximately 150-200 participants.
He added that the numbers are expected to rise to around 400 by November.
"It's a bit too premature for anyone to have confirmed participation, but the invitations have been sent out by the Sri Lankan Government already," Vass Gunawardena said.