At a reception, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India Romesh Jayasinghe held in his honour tonight at the Maurya Sheraton, Rajapakse told this correspondent that he is aware of the sensitivities of Indian leadership and did not specifically tell Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh that New Delhi should play an active role in the peace process in Sri Lanka.
However, he said he has been assured by Indian leaders that they will do all they can to help Sri Lanka in its hour of crisis to maintain its unity and integrity.
Foreign Secretary H. M. G. S. Palihakkara told The Island, in a separate interaction, that Sri Lanka has to keep India`s `comfort level` in mind while asking New Delhi to play a more active role in the Sri Lankan process. However, India has assured the Sri Lankans that it will do all it can to help maintain the island-nation`s unity and integrity, he added.
Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Mrs Nirupama Rao told The Island that Rajapakse`s visit to India had gone off `very well.` Officials of both countries are busy tonight working on a joint statement on the visit, which will be put out on Friday, she added.
Meanwhile, Rajapakse met Sonia Gandhi, President of the ruling Congress Party, Home Minister Shivraj Patil and Shipping Minister TR Baalu, among others, and held discussions with them on subjects of mutual interest.
On Friday morning, the President, his wife Shiranthi and other members of his delegation will fly to Kochi in Kerala in southern India and visit the world famous Krishna temple in Guruvayurappan before flying back home.