There is no scope in SL for the human rights council; says Swamy.


Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants "excellent" relations with Sri Lanka, when he met President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday and underlined that the end of the LTTE had ensured the security of India as well.


Swamy, the chairman of the Bharatiya Janata Party Committee for Strategic Action, is in Sri lanka to deliver a talk on 'India under Modi: relevance for the region and the world'.


He pointed out that Sri Lanka's security was important to India as he met President Rajapaksa along with a BJP delegation at Temple Tree.


The delegation commended Sri Lanka's initiatives in the north and east toward improving infrastructure, bringing better educational opportunities to students and implementing programmes to make the country a trilingual nation.


The BJP team told President Rajapaksa that Modi wants "excellent relations with Sri Lanka.


President Rajapaksa told the team of Sri Lanka's interest in establishing a center of excellence in maritime and environmental studies.


The team also discussed a number of issues of bilateral and regional significance, including the functions carried out by the Indian Ocean Rim Association and Sri Lanka's strategic importance in relation to this work, indicating that Sri Lanka plays a pivotal role in guarding the Indian Ocean.