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Lankan-opposition leader Wickeremesinghe meets PM

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New Delhi, Apr 4 (UNI) Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe held discussions with the Indian leadership on the progress in the peace talks after the formation of a new government in Colombo in December last.

Mr Wickeremsinghe, who lost the last Presidential election to Mr Mahinda Rajapakse, is on an official visit to India. During his two day visit, he called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister P Chidambaram and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

During his meetings, Mr Wickremesingh is understood to have urged the Indian leadership to ask Colombo to speed up the peace talks with the LTTE, which has threatened to go on war with the Sri Lankan Army.

Mr WickremesinghE said India wanted the peace process to continue and conveyed to him that New Delhi was looking forward to see that the neighbouring countrywas free from violence.

Mr Wickremesinghe also held discussions with Opposition Leader L K Advani andformer Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He also met NSA Chief M K Narayanan.

The Sri Lankam leader also met CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat and former Prime Minister I K Gujral.

UNI PMD PA HT2107

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