Sri Lanka enjoys good relations with India: Rajapaksa

The Lankan President said that he would welcome the politicians from the state to visit Sri Lanka and witness first hand progress on Island.

Published: 22nd April 2013 07:20 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd April 2013 07:21 PM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

Sri Lanka enjoys good bilateral relations with India despite the anti-Lanka protests in Tamil Nadu, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Monday.

Replying to a question on reported tensions in Tamil Nadu vis a vis Sri Lanka, Rajapaksa said that he would welcome the politicians from the state to visit Sri Lanka and witness first hand progress on Island.

"We have always had good relations with India and we have always acted to promote the goodwill," Rajapaksa said while addressing the local media.

He recalled that Tamil Nadu politicians who had visited Sri Lanka in the past had expressed satisfaction over the ground situation here.

The President, however, said despite the protests the relationship with India as a whole has not been affected.

Commenting on the prospect of holding provincial council election in the north, the President said that he believed that the conditions were conducive to hold the election.

"We will take further action to improve the ground situation," Rajapaksa said.

The President had pledged to hold the election in September this year.

Sri Lanka has come under pressure from the international community to hold election in the northern provincial council as a major step in the process of reconciliation with the Tamil minority.

Energy minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi who was also present said the joint India-Sri Lanka venture of constructing the Sampur coal power plant in the east would commence in July.

She said it would add 500 mega watts of power to the national grid by 2016.

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