India’s External Affairs Minister has unequivocally stated the Indian position on the 13th Amendment, Mr Purohit said.
Stating that his remarks were sure to be welcomed by the people of Tamil Nadu, Mr Purohit said ‘Dr Jaishankar’s statement is in the spirit of Prime Minister Narendra Modiji’s own untiring efforts for the welfare of the Tamil population in Sri Lanka.”
A Raj Bhavan communique here said Mr Purohit welcomed the remarks regarding the Tamil community made by Dr Jaishankar in Colombo yesterday during a press conference with the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardenaji.
Quoting Dr Jaishankar, he said “as we promote peace and well being in the region, India has been strongly committed to the unity, stability and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka.’
‘Our support for the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka is longstanding, as indeed for an inclusive political outlook
that encourages ethnic harmony. It is in Sri Lanka’s own interest that the expectations of the Tamil people for equality, justice, peace and dignity within a united Sri Lanka are fulfilled.
That applies equally to the commitments made by the Sri Lankan Government on meaningful devolution, including the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. The progress and prosperity of Sri Lanka will surely be advanced as a consequence’, the Governor said, quoting Dr Jaishankar.
Mr Purohit also emphasized that this was an important statement, signifying the concern of the Indian Government towards their Tamil sisters and brothers in Sri Lanka.