Sri Lanka president to visit India ahead of aid-sharing deal with Tigers

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe (2nd R) arrives to visit the site of a bomb attack at St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade in Colombo on April 21, 2019. - A string of blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on April 21, killing at least 156 people, including 35 foreigners. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga will travel to New Delhi Thursday for talks with Indian leaders amid moves to strike an aid-sharing deal with Tamil Tiger rebels, her office said. Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga will travel to New Delhi Thursday for talks with Indian leaders amid moves to strike an aid-sharing deal with Tamil Tiger rebels, her office said. Kumaratunga will meet Indian Premier Manmohan Singh and India’s Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi during her two-day stay, a spokesman for the president’s office said.

“She will discuss developments in Indo-Lanka relations,” the spokesman said, declining to go into agenda details.

Diplomatic sources said Kumaratunga was expected to broach the subject of Colombo’s plans to enter into a controversial tsunami aid-sharing deal with Tamil Tiger rebels who are banned in neighbouring India.

Indian news media reports said the talks would also focus on New Delhi’s concern about reports that the rebels were developing their own “air force.”

Sri Lanka’s government says the rebels possess at least two aircraft.

European monitors of the island’s truce have been denied access by the rebels to verify th