Sept 05, Colombo: India's Janatha Party leader Dr. Subramanian Swamy said today member states in South Asian region should be grateful to Sri Lanka for eliminating terrorism as Sri Lanka has correctly addressed the problem of terrorism which affects many countries in the region.
He expressed these views while addressing the third annual Defence Seminar 2013 in Colombo organized by the Sri Lanka Army.
Dr. Swamy, President of the Janatha Party which recently merged with India's opposition Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP), also called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning at the President's Office.
President Rajapaksa and Dr. Swamy spoke about a number of issues, including the political climates of both countries and the issues faced by fishermen. President Rajapaksa said it is unfortunate that poorer fisher folk often have to face the consequences of plans that are put in place by their employers, owners of the boats that illegally cross territorial waters.
Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris and Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Karunatilaka Amunugama were also present during the discussion.
(Photos by Sudath Silva)