“75th Anniversary of India-Lanka Diplomatic Ties Celebrated with Rs 75 Crore Projects for Indian-Origin Tamils in Sri Lanka” (PM modi)
New Delhi, July 22 (City Times): (PM modi) Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed India’s expectations to Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe regarding the Tamil community in Sri Lanka. The two leaders engaged in extensive talks, with Modi emphasizing the need for fulfilling the aspirations of the Tamil community and ensuring a life of respect and dignity for them. The implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution, which provides for devolution of power to the Tamil community, prominently featured in their discussions. President Wickremesinghe presented an all-encompassing blueprint encompassing reconciliation, power-sharing, and the Northern development plan.
The Demand for the 13th Amendment
The Tamil community in Sri Lanka has long been advocating for the implementation of the 13th Amendment, which originated from the Indo-Sri Lankan agreement in 1987. This amendment outlines the devolution of power to the Tamil community, aiming to address their concerns and aspirations within the framework of the country’s governance. (PM modi)
Reconstruction and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka
President Wickremesinghe informed Prime Minister Modi about his inclusive approach towards reconstruction and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. Highlighting the need for equality, justice, and peace, Modi expressed hope that the Sri Lankan government would fulfill the aspirations of the Tamils by implementing the 13th amendment and conducting provincial council elections. He emphasized the importance of a life of respect and dignity for the Tamil community in Sri Lanka. (PM modi)
India-Lanka Diplomatic Ties: Celebrating the 75th Anniversary
Marking the 75th anniversary of India-Lanka diplomatic relations, Prime Minister Modi announced a significant step in supporting the Indian-origin Tamil citizens of Sri Lanka. A series of projects worth Rs 75 crore will be implemented for the Indian-origin Tamil community on this momentous occasion. Additionally, India will contribute to the development programs in the northern and eastern regions of Sri Lanka.
Comprehensive Proposals for Reconciliation and Power-Sharing
President Wickremesinghe reiterated his commitment to reconciliation, power-sharing, and the Northern development plan. He shared a comprehensive proposal with Prime Minister Modi, seeking consensus and national unity on these critical measures. The president invited all party leaders in Parliament to collaborate towards this end, and the government will subsequently introduce the relevant legislation for consideration.
Solidarity and Goodwill: Modi’s Support
In response to President Wickremesinghe’s proposals, Prime Minister Modi expressed his solidarity and goodwill. Both leaders demonstrated their commitment to fostering a climate of cooperation and understanding, emphasizing the importance of addressing the concerns of the Tamil community and promoting national unity in Sri Lanka. (PM modi)
The Path Forward: Ensuring Equality and Peace
As India and Sri Lanka celebrate 75 years of diplomatic ties, the focus remains on building a future of respect, equality, and peace for all communities in the island nation. The pledge to implement projects for the Indian-origin Tamil citizens reflects the shared commitment towards inclusive development. The forthcoming endeavors in reconciliation, power-sharing, and the Northern development plan present an opportunity for Sri Lanka to strengthen its foundations and foster unity among its diverse communities.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s discussions reflect a shared vision for a harmonious and prosperous future in Sri Lanka. By addressing the concerns of the Tamil community and advocating for their rights and aspirations, India demonstrates its commitment to fostering a climate of respect and dignity. As both nations mark the 75th anniversary of their diplomatic ties, the emphasis on reconciliation, development, and national unity paves the way for a more inclusive and promising future for Sri Lanka.