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Relations Between Indian and Sri Lanka.

India had sought the extradition of the LTTE chief Prabhakaran, Pottee Amman, LTTE intelligence chief & Akila, deputy chief of the LTTE’s women’s intelligence wing, to stand trial in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, the Sri Lankan position was that they could not apprehend the rebel chief.

Earlier, during his five-day visit to India in the second week of June 2002, the Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Mr. Ranil Wichremesinghe, received solid assurance from Indian leaders on greater economic ties between the two countries, strong support to the unfolding peace process in the island nation.

External Affair Min. Mr. Yashnat Sinha’s visit to Colombo on 12 July 2003 has set the tone for increased trade ties between the two countries. In a joint statement India & Sri Lanka proposed to set up an Indian Cancer Centre in Colombo. India’s contribution would be $ 7.5 million and a Sri Lankan team will be visiting India shortly to work out the modalities. India’s assistance has also been sought for restructuring Sri Lanka’s railway sector.

India has agreed to soften the terms of the $ 100 million credit it had extended to Sri Lanka some time ago. Both New Delhi & Colombo hailed the recent agreement that allows the Indian Oil Corporation to distribute petroleum products in Sri Lanka & operate the oil tankages at the Trincomalee Port and the land Bridge that has been proposed to connect southern Tamil Nadu with Northern Sri Lanka.

India has offered to supply 3 lakh tonnes of wheat to Sri Lanka. The two countries have agreed to expand the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and to resolve outstanding trade issues shortly. Colombo will also be linked by a direct flight to Bangalore soon and by ferry services to Tuticorin. India would provide “Combat Training” to commandos in the Sri Lankan Special Forces.