President Rajapaksa leaves for India this evening with the purpose of strengthening relations between the two countries.
The President left for India this afternoon on his three-day official tour. During his visit, he will have talks with his Indian counterpart Prathiba Patel, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Congress leader Sonia Gandhi in addition to several senior Ministers. The talks will deal on bilateral issues.
Discussions will also centre on defeating global terrorism, combating the transport of drugs and launching a regional programme for the containment of various crimes. The Presidential media unit said that several agreements important to both countries are also due to be signed. Our special representative Nalin Kumara Nissanka reporting from New Delhi said that elaborate arrangements have been made to extend a warm welcome to President Rajapaksa on his arrival.