Modi asks Mahinda to “realize expectations of Tamils”

India is exhorting Sri Lanka to ensure that the minorities in the country, particularly the rights of the Tamil people are safeguarded.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking after talks with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said he is confident “that the Government of Sri Lanka will realize the expectations of the Tamil people for equality, justice, peace, and respect within a United Sri Lanka.”

For this he said, “ it will be necessary to carry forward the process of reconciliation with the implementation of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka.”

Modi pointed out that India has been a trusted partner in Sri Lanka’s development efforts.

“The new Lines of Credit announced last year will give more strength to our development cooperation. We are happy that the Indian Housing Project for the construction of more than 48,000 houses for internally displaced people in the northern and eastern region of Sri Lanka has been completed,” the Indian PM noted.

“Apart from this, the construction of several thousand houses for Tamil people of Indian origin is also progressing in the up-country sector,” Modi said.

He also revealed that he and Prime Minister Rajapaksa “also discussed the humanitarian issue of fishermen. This theme directly affects the livelihood of the people of both countries. And therefore, we agree to continue the Constructive and Humanitarian Approach on this issue.”

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