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CHOGM invite: Lankan Foreign Minister to visit India on Aug 18

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on August 13, 2013

Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka G.L. Peiris is slated to visit India on August 18 to extend an invitation for the heads of Commonwealth Summit, a spokesman of Ministry of External Affairs said on Tuesday. Sri Lanka is hosting the summit meeting in November.

Some political parties have protested and asked India not to participate in the Summit.

In March, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa made a strong appeal to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh not to attend the meeting.

In her letter to the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister said the Sri Lankan regime, “which continues to deny Tamils their legitimate human rights, equality and democratic freedom,” had “clearly violated” the central credo of the Commonwealth – democracy and human rights.

“Nations have been suspended from the Commonwealth for far less,” she pointed out.

The DMK has also asked the Government not to attend the CHOGM meeting.

ashwini.phadnis@thehindu.co.in

Published on August 13, 2013
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