Only Basil Rajapaksa leaves for India
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 24 August 2010, 06:32 GMT]
Basil Rajapaksa, Economic Development Minister and a brother of Sri
Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa will leave Tuesday to India to
have talks with the Indian government leaders. Earlier the government
said a three member delegation comprising Basil Rajapaksa, Defense
Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa and President's Secretary Lalith
Weeratunge would be visiting New Delhi.
“Only Minister Basil Rajapakse will leave for India. The Defence
Secretary and I will not be going,” Mr. Weeratunga told the Daily
Mirror online Monday.
The media further said Lalith Weeratunge refused
to reveal the reason behind the decision of pruning down the
delegation from three to one.
The delegation was earlier expected to leave on August 15 but had to
re-schedule for August 24 after India’s request to delay the visit.
According to Foreign Ministry sources, Minister Rajapakse will leave
for India Tuesday and return on August 26, Colombo media further