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Meeting between President & Indian Premier
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The Hindu newspaper reports that President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is in Cuba, is to meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Los Cabos.

It said that the scheduled meeting will be their first meeting after India voted against Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva earlier this year.

According to the Hindu Dr. Singh's hectic schedule, and the fact that he is slated to meet almost all leaders at the G-20 summit, will not permit issues of significance to be taken up at length at this meeting, but it will provide an opportunity for both sides to flag the niggling problems that have come to dominate the India-Sri Lanka discourse in the past two years.

Dr. Singh met President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the sidelines of the 2011 SAARC summit at Addu City, and on the sidelines of the last session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The last bilateral meeting between the two leaders was in New Delhi in June 2010.

The Prime Minister has met all other south Asian leaders — barring Pakistan — in bilateral fora in the past year.

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