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ACMC Leader holds productive meeting with Indian High Commissioner

April 30, Colombo (LNW): MP Rishad Bathiudeen, leader of the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC), convened a constructive discussion with the Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Santosh Jah, in Colombo last Thursday.

During the meeting, MP Bathiudeen expressed heartfelt appreciation to the Indian High Commissioner for the invaluable support extended to Sri Lanka during its recent economic challenges.

He particularly commended India’s significant contribution of 50,000 houses for individuals affected by the conflict in the Northern and Eastern regions.

Additionally, MP Bathiudeen emphasised the pressing need to address the plight of fishermen impacted by coastal erosion in Eastern provinces, specifically in areas like Oluvil, Nindhavur, Karaithivu, Maaligaikaadu, Pandiyiruppu, Maruthamunai, and Kalmunai.

He sought the Indian High Commissioner’s assistance during his forthcoming visit to the Eastern Province to secure funding from the Indian Government to support affected fishermen and safeguard their livelihoods.

The ACMC Leader underscored the significance of creating sustainable livelihood opportunities for the war-affected population in the North, stressing the importance of collaborative efforts with India towards this objective.

The discussion also encompassed plans to rejuvenate the ferry service connecting Thalaimannar and Rameshwaram, aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and fostering mutual cooperation between Sri Lanka and India.

Several other critical issues related to the development of Northern and Eastern regions were deliberated upon, with a focus on leveraging Indian assistance for regional progress.

Bathiudeen reaffirmed his dedication to advancing the enduring and mutually beneficial relationship between Sri Lanka and India, aiming to promote greater cooperation for the prosperity and welfare of both nations.

Former State Minister and Chairman of ACMC, M.S.S. Ameer Ali, also participated in the meeting, engaging in discussions on various developments concerning the Batticaloa District.

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