|J’lalithaa, Swaraj invited to
Delhi: Sri Lanka has invited Tamil Nadu Chief
Minister J. Jayalalithaa and an Indian parliamentary
delegation to visit the country, External Affairs
Minister S. M. Krishna said here Friday.
Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj
has been invited by the speaker of the Sri Lankan
parliament to visit the country. Swaraj has accepted
the invitation and is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka
September 16-20, Krishna told the Lok Sabha.
“During his recent meeting with the chief
minister of Tamil Nadu in Chennai, Sri Lankan high
commissioner to New Delhi has conveyed the
invitation of the president of Sri Lanka to chief
minister of Tamil Nadu to visit Sri Lanka,” Krishna
He said so while replying to a short duration
discussion in the Lok Sabha on steps taken by the
government for the relief and resettlement of Sri
“He has also invited a parliamentary team, not only
from Tamil Nadu but also from other areas to visit
Sri Lanka, including northern Sri Lanka,” said
Krishna. “We would work out a suitable time frame
for the visit (of a joint parliamentary delegation)
in consultation with the Sri Lankan government,”
During the discussion, MPs cutting across party
lines voiced concern at human rights violations
during the armed conflict with the LTTE and after
the defeat of the Tamil Tigers over two years ago.
The opposition Thursday had accused Sri Lanka of
ill-treating Tamils even after crushing the Tamil
Tigers, while a Communist leader also flayed New
Delhi for its silence on “war crimes”.
Krishna underlined that since the end of conflict in
Sri Lanka, India’s focus has been on the welfare and
well-being of the Tamils citizens of Sri Lanka.
“Their rehabilitation and rebuilding have been of
the highest and most immediate priority,” he said.