Sri Lankan President to visit India1 min read . Updated: 18 Sep 2012, 11:11 PM IST
Rajapaksa is visiting India at the invitation of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan
New Delhi: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will pay an official visit to India this week against the backdrop of protests by several Tamil Nadu-based politcal parties against alleged atrocities commited against the ethnic Tamil community on the island nation in a long-drawn out civil war that came to a bloody-end in 2009.
Rajapaksa is visiting India at the invitation of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to inaugurate an international Buddhist university at Sanchi on Friday, foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said. The government will extend all facilities to the President of Sri Lanka which is an “important and friendly neighbour," Akbaruddin said. On Thursday, Rajapakse will hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pranab Mukerjee.