Friday, 06 December 2013 - 13:24
Manmohan Singh's visit is not officially informed - says Sri Lankan High Commissioner in India.
Sri Lanka’s high commissioner in India Prasad Kariyawasam told The Calcutta Telegraph in an interview that Manmohan’s absence from CHOGM 2013 was “unfortunate” and denied information about a visit by the Prime Minister announced by finance minister P. Chidambaram last week.
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The envoy’s comments come days after Chidambaram told a Chennai conference that the Prime Minister would visit Jaffna.
The high commissioner Kariyawasam termed Singh’s decision an “opportunity lost.
He said not only would have Singh’s presence at the CHOGM been widely applauded, he would have also had the chance to see the “enormous progress” in the work done with Indian help in the northern province of Jaffna that is home to Tamils.
Speaking at the Chennai conference, Chidambaram was quoted as saying Manmohan Singh would during the forthcoming trip meet the newly elected chief minister of the Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran, who had invited Singh earlier to visit Jaffna.