Modi-Rajapaksa virtual summit: India pitches for devolution of powers by Lankan government to minority Tamils
In the talks, Modi emphasised on full implementation of the 13th amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution, saying it is essential for the peace and reconciliation process.
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MEA also said that in the current COVID imposed restrictions, the successful conduct of the virtual summit reflects the high degree of commitment at the leaders' level.
The summit is being held on the initiative of Modi who had a telephonic conversation with the newly-appointed Sri Lankan PM in August.
The ministry said the summit will give an opportunity to the two leaders to comprehensively review the broad framework of the bilateral relationship.
The virtual summit is the first official interaction between the leaders after they met in New Delhi in February this year.
The government on September 2 gazetted 20A, the new proposed legislation that would replace the 19th Amendment that strengthened the role of Parliament.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who attended the inauguration ceremony, spoke about Sri Lanka's efforts to accord priority to the IT sector and develop the country as a global technology hub.
Pranab Mukherjee had tested positive for COVID-19 on August 10 and was operated the same day for removal of a brain clot.
In a letter addressed to the two Rajapaksa brothers, Modi pointed out that he looks forward to working with them.
A landslide election victory last week gave the Rajapaksas’ political party nearly the two-third majority of seats required to make constitutional changes.
Li Keqiang has greeted Rajapaksa, saying that the Sri Lankan leader has been long committed to promoting the friendship between the two countries.
Sri Lanka, one of the very few countries in Asia to hold a General Election amidst the pandemic, has reported 2,844 coronavirus cases, including 2,579 recoveries and 11 fatalities.
The 74-year-old has returned to power, with his newly-formed Sri Lanka People's Party scripting history by becoming the political party with the shortest life span to gain absolute power in the
The 74-year-old Sri Lanka People's Party leader, polled over 500,000 individual preference votes -- the highest ever recorded by a candidate in the country's history of elections.
The 74-year-old Sri Lanka People's Partyleader, who polled over 500,000 individual preference votes -- the highest ever recorded by a candidate in the history of elections.