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Indian parliamentary delegation to arrive in the Island on Monday
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A delegation of six Indian parliamentarians will visit Sri Lanka between 8th and 12th of April.

They will also visit Colombo and Jaffna during the trip, which is being organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

In addition to meetings with MPs here, the members are likely to meet senior Ministers and political leaders.

The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka stated that the MPs will also visit Jaffna to look at work on projects supported by the Indian government, particularly the owner-driven housing initiative.

The delegation comprises Saugata Roy of the Trinamool Congress, Sandeep Dikshit and Goud Yaskhi of the Congress party, Anurag Thakur and Prakash Javadekar of the BJP, Dhananjay Singh of the BSP and two FICCI representatives

Jyoti Malhotra, convener of the FICCI’s Forum of Parliamentarians, who will accompany the delegation, stated that the FICCI has been working to constitute political dialogue between Indian parliamentarians and their Sri Lankan counterparts to promote greater political interaction and understanding.

In April 2012, a parliamentary delegation led by Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj visited Sri Lanka.

Swaraj, who met President Mahinda Rajapaksa, had underscored commitment to being closely engaged with Colombo to further rehabilitation processes, reconstruction and national development and she also emphasized the need for a “genuine political solution.”

This year’s delegation comes at a time when certain groups in Tamil Nadu have, over the last few months, been protesting against the Sri Lankan government.

 

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