New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has conveyed to his Sri Lankan counterpart GL Peiris that Colombo’s interests are best served by ensuring equality, justice, and respect for the Tamil people within a united Sri Lanka and called for expeditiously taking forward mutually beneficial projects including the ones to enhance air and sea connectivity.
In his talks with Peiris recently, Jaishankar also talked about the need for keeping the shared maritime domain safe from various contemporary threats and assured that India would always stand by the island nation in its times of need, according to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
In the talks, Jaishankar also said that “devolution of power” is an important aspect of the Tamil reconciliation process.
India has been consistently calling upon Sri Lanka to fulfill its commitments to protect the interests of the Tamil community which has been demanding the implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution that provides for devolution of power to it.
The 13th amendment was brought in after the Indo-Sri Lankan agreement of 1987.