Fr. S.J. Emmanuel, leader of the UK based Global Tamil Forum (GTF), arrived in Sri Lanka last week on what his organisation officials describe as a “low profile” visit.
It coincided with the Constitutional Assembly releasing its Steering Committee’s Interim Report on constitutional amendments.
He met leaders of Tamil political parties while in Colombo and later travelled to Jaffna. Staying at the Bishop’s House, Fr. Emmanuel attended an event at the Jaffna University.
While in Colombo, Father Emmanuel met US Ambassador Atul Keshap. Later Mr. Keshap tweeted “pleased that Father Emmanuel is striving to secure lasting equality, peace, justice and happiness for all in a united, reconciled Sri Lanka.”
According to some sources, Fr. Emmanuel planned a long stay in Sri Lanka. “This will help him keep in touch with authorities over new constitutional reforms and the ongoing efforts at reconciliation,” these sources said.