Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar met a delegation from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) led by MP R. Sampanthan and welcomed the latter’s discussions with Government.
The TNA delegation briefed Jaishankar of the latest developments, focusing on the meeting between the Government and the TNA on 25 March. They conveyed that the issues regarding releasing political prisoners, land utilisation, missing persons, 13th Amendment implementation and diaspora investment were discussed in the meeting. Previously, the Sri Lankan Government’s engagement with TNA also came up during Jaishankar’s call on the President of Sri Lanka.
On his part, the External Affairs Minister welcomed the interactions and positive developments regarding the Government-TNA agenda. He emphasised that the Government of India is consistently supportive of the realisation of Tamil aspirations for equality, justice, peace and dignity within the framework of a united Sri Lanka.
The contribution of India’s development partnership to economic recovery in the North and East was also recognised in all the meetings.Jaishankar expressed particular satisfaction at virtually inaugurating the Jaffna Cultural Centre along with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.