Oct 31, New Delhi: The relationship between India and Sri Lanka is very strong and should not be characterized as usual, India said today.
India's External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Syed Akbaruddin made this comment at the media briefing Thursday in response to a question regarding a letter written to the Indian Prime Minister by the Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's Northern Provincial Council C.V. Vigneswaran inviting the PM to visit Jaffna.
When asked whether it is usual for Chief Ministers of individual provinces in foreign countries to approach the Indian Prime Minister directly, the Spokesman said the relationship between India and Sri Lanka should not be characterized as usual.
"It is a very strong relationship, it is a very close relationship, and it is a relationship where India has worked with Sri Lanka for a variety of issues including the welfare of the people in the northern areas who have been adversely impacted," the Spokesman said.
"So, let us not judge these things by the usual parameters of what you think is usual," he responded.
Official Spokesman described that the relationship with Sri Lanka is certainly unique and, therefore, India's interaction is also in a way is distinct.
"I think we should respect that distinctiveness and that is a distinctiveness that is reflected in our foreign policy and our approach towards Sri Lanka," the Spokesman added.