Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris will arrive in New Delhi tomorrow to invite India for the Heads of Commonwealth Summit to be held here in November.

Some political parties have asked India not to participate in the summit to protest against alleged human rights violation by the Rajapaksa Government.

During his visit, Peiris is also likely to discuss bilateral issues with Indian authorities.

Peiris’ visit will be followed by the country’s main Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe’s three-day visit to India from Monday.

The visits come ahead of Sri Lanka’s much-awaited provincial council election in Tamil-dominated northern areas to be held on September 21 after a gap of 25 years.

There was no confirmation whether the United National Party leader will be in New Delhi for an official visit or not, but his office said that Wickremesinghe would be making some official engagements.

In recent weeks, Wickremesinghe has stepped up his agitation against President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Government.

On Wednesday, UNP and the Opposition coalition had staged a street demonstration against the military crackdown on a recent protest by the residents of small town in the country’s northwest, leading to the death of three people.

(This article was published on August 17, 2013)
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