Sept 01, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is likely to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly session in New York later this month, a Sri Lankan official has told Express News Service.
Sri Lankan President is scheduled to address the General Assembly on September 25th while Prime Minister Modi will address on the 27th. The Indian Prime Minister is expected to be in New York for three days.
According to Indian official Prime Minister Modi will be having bilateral meetings with select Heads of Government among other engagements, apart from addressing the Assembly.
"Whether Modi will meet a particular Head of Government or not will depend on the number of requests made and the availability of time," the official has said.
Sri Lankan President is believed to be keen in meeting the Indian Prime Minister after Indian PM's meeting with Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on August 23 in New Delhi.
During the Meeting with TNA, the Prime Minister urged Sri Lanka to "engage constructively" to find a political solution that builds upon the 13th Amendment of the Sri Lankan Constitution, to the Tamil issue and to resume the dialogue between the government and TNA regardless of the outcome of the parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) .
"The Rajapaksa government is uneasy with the TNA's tendency to seek Indian and other foreign help instead of joining the PSC. In this context, President Rajapaksa will certainly be eager to know Modi’s mind first hand," the ENS news report said
Reportedly, Modi himself is believed to be eager to convey to Sri Lankan President his take on the situation in Sri Lanka after his interaction with the TNA.