Sri Lanka says travel to Tamil Nadu safe for citizens

Oct 09, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has lifted a travel advisory to the Indian state of Tamil Nadu that was imposed in the wake of a series of attacks by Tamil political groups on visiting pilgrims from the island. “People-to-people contact plays an important role in the multifaceted India-Sri Lanka relationship, especially in further promoting historical, cultural and political ties as well as economic and business relations,” Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry said.

“The Government of Sri Lanka is of the view that this age-old natural process of interaction between our two peoples must flourish, unhindered.”

Some 200,000 Sri Lankans visit India each year.

Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry said the travel advisory was “no longer required” following a statement by Tamil Nadu chief minister that Sri Lankan travellers would not be harmed.

The attacks came after a several statements by chief minister J Jeyaram and the suspension of an official who had helped a sports team from Sri Lanka to come to the south Indian state.

India’s central government had said earlier that the safety of visitors would be assured in consultation with state governments.