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This week, Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee visited Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and the two discussed safety measures for Tamils canada goose clearance trapped in fighting between the army and Tamil Tigers separatists, and post war reconstruction.

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But ignoring India may be hard for Sri canada goose coats Lanka. As the war appears to draws to a close, the focus is turning to canada goose the state of Sri Lanka $32 billion economy.

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“Strategic relationship is also governed by trade, and India has a lot of room to manoeuvre in Sri Lanka,” Saravanamuttu said. (Editing by Alistair Scrutton).

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