The government has insisted that relations with India have not been affected despite the attack on the Sri Lankan pilgrims in Tamil Nadu.
“As a government we deal with the Indian central government. The friendship we have with the Indian government and the Indian people will not be affected in any way as a result of this latest incident,” Minister Dullas Alahaperuma said.
Alahaperuma said that the incident should not be used to harm diplomatic ties and noted that President Mahinda Rajapaksa will also undertake a scheduled visit to India later this month.
Government Minister Susil Premjayantha said that the incident was caused by a minor extremist group in Tamil Nadu.
He noted that during the final stages of the war against the Tamil Tiger rebels, several groups in Tamil Nadu carried out campaigns against the Sri Lankan government demanding a stop to the war.
However he said the Sri Lankan government dealt with the issue with the Indian central government at the time and continued with the military operations to defeat the rebels.