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Narendra Modi Has Unscheduled Meeting in Colombo With Mahinda Rajapaksa at Ex-Sri Lankan President’s Request

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In an unscheduled, late night meeting, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo on Thursday May 11th 2017

The meeting was at the ex-president’s request, Indian High Commisioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu told reporters here.

The meeting comes ten days after a parliamentarian close to Mr. Rajapaksa called for a black flag protest around Mr. Modi’s visit.

Mr. Rajapaksa has earlier blamed India for his defeat in the January 2015 presidential polls, but in a recent media interview said that he admired Mr. Modi.

Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu said that former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, at his request, met the Indian Prime Minister. Details of the discussion were not known.

However, earlier, Rajapaksa told the media that the visit of the Indian Prime Minister would not have any “negative impact” on Sri Lanka. There would be a problem only if he signed any agreement during this visit, he said.

However, he had heard that an agreement had already been signed on economic projects, Rajapaksa added.


(Compiled From Media Reports in Newspapers and Web Sites)

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