Answering a questions raised in the Indian parliament on 17 July 2014 about changing the Indian policies, the Indian Deputy Minister of foreign affairs V K Sing has stated that the ” Indian government has taken steps to speed up the national policy to fulfill the hopes of Tamils. Indian government is taking steps to activate the 13th amendment. Sri Lanka will activate the 13th amendment very soon.”
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.953
TO BE ANSWERED ON 17.07.2014
POLICY TO IMPROVE RELATIONSHIP WITH SAARC COUNTRIES
SHRI SATYANARAYAN JATIYA: Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:
The Government’s policy to make mutual relationship with South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations effective and cordial and the areas in which our relation with each country of SAARC nations exists at present and proposal to be expanded in future?
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
(GEN. RETD. V.K. SINGH)
India’s relations with SAARC countries are based on shared partnership and mutuality of interests. India has enhanced its engagement with all SAARC countries both bilaterally and through the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations. India will continue to pro-actively engage with all members to develop cooperative linkages in the fields of trade, commerce, investment, infrastructure & connectivity, health, education, agriculture etc. in the framework of SAARC as well as bilaterally.
Government of India’s policies and programmes in enhancing bilateral relationship with SAARC countries is given below:
India’s relations with Sri Lanka are based on close people-to-people contacts and deep rooted ethnic, linguistic, cultural, religious and commercial ties steeped in antiquity. India greatly values its relations with Sri Lanka. In the recent past bilateral cooperation has seen significant acceleration and expansion in all areas of mutual interest, including trade and investment.
India is Sri Lanka’s largest trade partner and one of the largest Foreign Direct Investors. India has taken up the issue of expediting the process of national reconciliation in a manner that meets the aspirations of the Tamil community. Other important issues taken up include early and full implementation of the 13th Amendment and beyond, fishermen’s issue, India’s development assistance programme and economic and commercial cooperation, in particular, early launch of 500 MW Sampur Coal Power project and greater connectivity between the two countries. (MEA)