Rajapakse to meet Pope

[TamilNet, Friday, 13 April 2007, 10:33 GMT]
Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse is to pay a three-day official visit to Italy next week and is scheduled to meet Pope at Vatican on Friday during his stay in Rome, according to information released by the President's office.

The meeting between Mr.Rajapakse and the Pope comes after the Pope's appeal in his Easter Sunday message to the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to resume peace talks immediately to end the bloody conflict that causes immense suffering to several thousand civilians in Sri Lanka.


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