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Sep 20, 2012 at 05:23pm IST

Manmohan Singh to meet Mahinda Rajapaksa; raise Tamil rights, reconciliation

New Delhi: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is being hosted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over dinner on Thursday night. He is also expected to meet President Pranab Mukherjee later.

Rajapaksa is expected to raise the issue of recent attacks on Sri Lankans in Tamil Nadu when he meets the Prime Minister, while India may press for Tamil rights and the reconciliation process.

The Prime Minister is expected to call for early elections in Northern Jaffna province.

Boosting bilateral trade which is currently at $5 billion is also on the agenda.

Rajapakse will be heading to Sanchi on Friday to inaugurate a Buddhist University amidst protests by the MDMK. Seven MDMK workers were detained at Vidisha and Salamatpur. On Thursday, MDMK chief Vaiko was turned back from the Maharashtra-Madhya Pradesh border.

Meanwhile, the DMK had demanded that the UPA cancel's the visit by the Sri Lankan premier. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa cancelled the visit by Sri Lankan sporting team and moved Airforce trainees out of the state.