Fulfilling expectations of Tamil community is in Sri Lanka’s own interest, says Jaishankar

The External Affairs Minister bats for Sri Lankan Constitution’s 13th amendment that talks about devolution of power to the Tamil community.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday said fulfilling the expectations of the Tamil people for equality, justice and peace within a united Sri Lanka will be in own interest of the island nation.

In response to a question in Rajya Sabha, Mr. Jaishankar said he reiterated India’s support for the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka during his discussions with its top leaders in Colombo last month.

“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,” he said. “That applies equally to the commitments made by the Sri Lankan government on meaningful devolution, including the 13th Amendment to the Constitution,” the Minister said.ALSO READAddressing Tamil concerns, implementing 13th Amendment in Sri Lanka’s interest: Jaishankar

The 13th amendment provides for devolution of power to the Tamil community. India has been pressing Sri Lanka to implement the 13th amendment which was brought in after the Indo-Sri Lankan agreement of 1987.

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