India has reiterated that a political solution in Sri Lanka must be acceptable to all communities.
V. Muraleedharan, Minister of State for External Affairs, responding to a question posed at the Indian Rajya Sabha, said that Indian External Affairs Minister (EAM) Subrahmanyam Jaishankar visited Colombo as a Special Envoy of the Indian Prime Minister on 19 November and extended an invitation to the President of Sri Lanka to visit India.
The President of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa paid a State Visit from 28-30 November 2019 and met with the Indian President and Prime Minister. During the meetings, the entire gamut of bilateral relations was discussed, Muraleedharan said.
He said that India emphasised the need for a negotiated political settlement, including implementation of 13th Amendment, acceptable to all communities within the framework of a united Sri Lanka, which is consistent with democracy, pluralism and respect for human rights.
Muraleedharan recalled that the President of Sri Lanka has said, “I am the President of not only those who voted for me but also those who voted against me and irrespective of which race or religion they belong to. I am deeply committed to serve all the people of Sri Lanka”.