Rajapaksa meets Manmohan, Pranab
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pranab Mukherjee and held talks on a range of bilateral issues.
Rajapaksa discussed the issue of fishermen inadvertently crossing borders, even as India pressed for an expeditious inclusive solution to the ethnic issue and rehabilitation of displaced Tamils.
He held over-40-minute-long meetings each with Singh and Mukherjee and held discussions in a restricted format over matters of mutual interest, official sources said.
Rajapaksa arrived in India on Wednesday on a three-day official visit to the neighbouring country,
Rajapaksa on Friday will visit Madhya Pradesh's Sanchi village where he will inaugurate a Buddhist university.
Meanwhile, Vaiko's Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) has opposed Rajapaksa's visit to India.
The Madhya Pradesh police on Wednesday stopped Vaiko and his supporters in Chhindwara district near the Madhya Pradesh-Maharashtra border as they were proceeding towards Sanchi with the intention of holding a black flag protest against Rajapaksa's visit.
Vaiko, who was travelling with above 700 supporters in 27 buses, had entered Madhya Pradesh from Maharashtra.
He started a sit-in fast on National Highway-69 after they were stopped in Chhindwara district.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan had earlier this week requested Vaiko to re-consider his decision and said the function in the state was apolitical.
Political parties in Tamil Nadu have held the Sri Lankan President responsible for alleged war crimes against civil Tamils during the 2009 Eelam war.