Colombo. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday said that India considers the full implementation of the 13th Constitutional Amendment in the neighboring country “important” for reconciliation with the Tamil minority community in Sri Lanka. He emphasized that India has always supported the political and economic stability of Sri Lanka.
India has always been pushing for the implementation of the 13th Constitutional Amendment in Sri Lanka, which was brought in after the 1987 India-Sri Lanka Agreement. In 13A, a provision has been made for sharing of power for the Tamil community. Jaishankar, who arrived in Sri Lanka on Thursday on a two-day visit, said after meeting his Sri Lankan counterpart Ali Sabri and President Ranil Wickremesinghe, “India has always supported the political and economic stability of Sri Lanka.”
“We conveyed to him (Wickramsinghe) our view that full implementation of 13A and early provincial elections are important for political and economic stability in Sri Lanka,” the foreign minister said. The sustainable effort is in the interest of all sections of Sri Lankans.
Jaishankar said that President Wickremesinghe briefed him about the political situation. Significantly, Sri Lankan President Wickremesinghe on Thursday called for reconciliation and coexistence, saying that his government has started the dialogue process by taking Sri Lankan Tamils along and understands their problems.
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