Modi likely to meet Rajapaksa during visit

Updated - December 04, 2021 11:35 pm IST

Published - March 12, 2015 12:53 am IST - COLOMBO:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. File photo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. File photo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to meet the former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his visit to the island nation beginning Friday. Efforts are on to arrange a meeting in Colombo, political sources here told The Hindu .

Refraining from commenting on a possible meeting, a source in the former President’s office said Mr. Rajapaksa was scheduled to visit Colombo on Friday.

After his former Cabinet colleague Maithripala Sirisena unseated him from the presidency in the elections in January, Mr. Rajapaksa has been spending most of his time at his ancestral home at Tangalle in Hambantota along the island’s southern coast.

Asked about a possible meeting at a recent press conference in New Delhi, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said: “I do not have anything on that yet.”

Mr. Modi will meet the former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Leader of the Opposition Nimal Siripala de Silva and senior leaders of political parties representing the minority Tamils and Muslims.

Passports of 74 Indians impounded

Sri Lankan authorities on Wednesday impounded the passports of 74 Indians working here who held tourist visas but were employed at a plywood unit company. The passports will be kept until they produce return tickets to India, Controller-General of the Department M. N. Ranasinghe told The Hindu . The company, owned by an Indian, was registered with Sri Lanka’s Board of Investment.

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