Sri Lanka and India on Friday exchanged notes to establish Indian Consulate-General offices in Jaffna and Hambantota. Sri Lanka is to add a fourth Consulate-General office in an Indian city. It already has the High Commission in New Delhi, the Deputy High Commissioner’s office in Chennai and a Consulate in Mumbai. The proposed office in Jaffna will cover the five districts of the war-ravaged northern province — Jaffna, Killinochchi, Mullaithivu, Vavuniya and Mannar. Pending the formal opening, India has already established a visa office in Jaffna town. The consulate office in Hambantota, where the Chinese are developing a strategically important harbour, will cover the districts of Galle, Matara, Hambantota and Moneragala. Hambantota is the home constituency of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. It has been agreed that any expansion of the consular districts of the proposed Consulates-General could be considered subsequently through mutual consent.
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