He will assess the progress in northern and eastern provinces

A senior official of the Ministry of External Affairs will visit Sri Lanka to assess the progress [of rehabilitation measures] in northern and eastern provinces, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has informed Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi.

In his letter of July 22, Dr. Singh stated that the official would consult India's High Commissioner and local authorities. The move to send the official was a “measure of our continuing interest and the importance that we attach to this issue.”

The Prime Minister thanked the Chief Minister for his letter of July 17 about the restoration of normal life in northern and eastern provinces and the contribution that India could make to the process.