外文标题：India is a relative, China a friend: Mahindra Rajapaksa
CHENNAI: Gearing up for a tough Presidential election in January 2015, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa described India as his relative and China as a friend. "I will not allow my soil to be used against my friends and neighbours. That will not happen in Sri Lanka as long as I'm here," Rajapaksa said in a rare interview to a Chennai-based Tamil television channel.
Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his foreign policy initiatives, Rajapaksa in a 30-minute interview to 'Thanthi TV' telecast on Monday said, "The Indian PM has opened up his foreign policy to enable our two countries to have stronger ties. That is what enabled me to take the decision to release the (five) Indian fishermen, who were sentenced to death (for smuggling narcotics)."
The interview comes at a time when there is growing hostility against Rajapaksa among some pro-Eelam parties and aggressive posturing by mainstream parties in Tamil Nadu on the fishermen issue. But in recent months the new bonhomie between Modi and Rajapaksa saw defusing of diplomatic tensions resulting in both sides releasing fishermen detained for maritime violations.
Pankaj Kumar (Pune, Maharashtra)
Right message from Sri Lanka president...
R Jayaraman (Chennai)
Jan 8 will decide whether his intentions are real.
T.N.SHARMA SharmaT.N.SHARMA SharmaT.N.SHARMA SharmaT.N.SHARMA Sharma (Unknown)
Now it is a million dollar question which one is better : relative or Friend .
FourSix Pisces (USA)
Beware this guy is a snake!
sundaram ramani ()
Big mouth of the tiny nation.
Put the words into practice.
Himanshu Agarwal (Delhi)
Looks like he has already started speaking chinese. His words mentioning relations and friends reminds me of "Hindi-Chini bhai bhai" of 62. Things are definately not good
welcome to 21st century Ramayana..