The Indian Ministry of External Affairs said a process has been set in motion to arrive at a decision on the level of Indian participation in the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting in Colombo from November 15th.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said they are taking into consideration all aspects of national interest, foreign policy priorities and international obligations.
The spokesperson confirmed that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had received a letter from Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, appreciating Indian assistance in ensuring that elections to the provincial council were held.
He extended an invitation to Dr. Singh to visit Jaffna, which was an “an input in the decision-making process and will be considered with a variety of other factors.”
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has told Shipping Minister and Tamil Nadu Congress leader G.K. Vasan that a decision on his attending CHOGM would be taken at the appropriate time, keeping in mind the sentiments of Tamils and the resolution passed by the State Assembly.
Vasan received this message when he met the Prime Minister yesterday to highlight Tamils’expectations of India boycotting CHOGM.
Vasan told The Hindu that Dr. Singh had assured him he would soon convene a meeting with officials concerned and take a decision on the stand to be taken by the government of India on the CHOGM issue.
Meanwhile, Australian and Indian foreign ministers say they will not follow Canada in boycotting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka.
Speaking at a press conference with her Indian counterpart Salman Khurshid in Perth yesterday, Julie Bishop said it was important to engage with Sri Lanka as it rebuilt itself in the aftermath of a conflict.
Bishop said It's thier view that Commonwealth countries should work with Sri Lanka to meet the challenges Sri lanka face and they certainly will be encouraging countries to do that.