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PM Manmohan Singh to meet Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today

12:27 PM, Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
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Manmohan-SinghNew Delhi: Three months after domestic political considerations made him skip a visit to Sri Lanka due to pressure from Tamil parties, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will hold talks with Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the sidelines of the BIMSTEC Summit on Tuesday.

The meeting gains significance as it comes weeks ahead of a United Nations Human Rights Council meet and a vote on a US resolution against Sri Lanka for the alleged war crimes committed by Lankan forces during the final battle with LTTE that ended in May 2009.

Sri Lankan has rejected a call by the UN for an independent international probe into allegations of war crimes and slammed it as “unwarranted interference”.

India has remained ambivalent on whether it will support the resolution against Sri Lanka.

The Prim Minister had decided not to travel to Sri Lanka in November last year after Tamil Nadu political parties and Congress leaders from the state opposed the visit alleging that the Sri Lankan government has committed atrocities and human rights violations against Tamils.

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