Sri Lanka lifts travel ban to Tamil Nadu
The Sri Lankan government has lifted the travel ban issued for its citizens to Tamil Nadu in India, the Ministry of External Affairs in Lanka said here on Tuesday.
The travel advisory was declared in the aftermath of a series of unfortunate incidents faced by Sri Lankan pilgrims. While visiting Poornimatha Church in Thanjavur in last Sept, they were attacked by some people in Tamil Nadu.
The Ministry issuing a statement said following a large number of requests, the government has decided to lift the ban to travel Tamil Nadu.
" We believe that the Travel Advisory is no longer required," it stated adding that the government views these incidents as an aberration but acknowledged India for warmly welcoming over 200,000 who visit India, including Tamil Nadu, every year.
The government thanked India for taking actions to ensure the safety, security and well being of Sri Lankan dignitaries and visitors to all parts of India including Tamil Nadu.
"The Government of Sri Lanka is of the view that this age-old natural process of interaction between our two peoples must flourish, unhindered," the Ministry said.
Meanwhile the government appreciated the comment made by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa for ensuring that Sri Lankan visitors to Tamil Nadu are not harmed in any way.