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Monday, March 8, 2010

Rao assures support to SL for resettlement of Tamils

Colombo, Mar 7 (PTI) In the first high-level contact between the two countries after the Presidential polls here, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao today met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and assured him of India's support to the process of resettlement and rehabilitation of Tamil civilians.

Rao met Rajapaksa over lunch at 'Janadhipathi Mandiraya' (President's House), and congratulated him for his resounding victory in the January 26 Presidential polls.

"She expressed India's willingness to continue assisting Sri Lanka in the resettlement of the IDPs...India was also keen to assist in the complete restoration of the railway line in the North," an official statement from the Presidential Secretariat said.

Rao, who had earlier served in Colombo as Indian High Commissioner, also said the Sri Lankan Government has made efforts to resettle nearly 3 lakh displaced civilians after shifting them from the welfare centres in the North and East.

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