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A summary of Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka

Indian Prime Minister, Sri Narendra Modi arrived in Sri Lanka earlier today (09) for a short official visit of the island nation.

Modi is the first foreign leader to visit Sri Lanka after the deadly Easter terror attacks in April.

His visit is considered as a sign of India’s affirmation of solidarity with Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the attacks.

PM Modi was greeted at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) by his Sri Lankan counterpart, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The two officials held brief discussions before he was then escorted to the Presidential Secretariat where the Indian dignitary met with Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena.

Discussions were held between Modi and Sirisena at the Secretariat and afterwards Modi was gifted with an ornate Buddha statue carved out of white teak.

Later, Prime Minister Modi met with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) for further discussions.

Before departing for India the PM made his way to visit a site of the Easter Sunday attacks to pay his respects.

He visited St. Anthony’s Shrine in Kochchikade, one of the sites which were targetted during the suicide terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday.

Modi termed his visit to Colombo “immensely fruitful” and assured India’s full support to further strengthen bilateral development partnership including through people-oriented projects in Sri Lanka

Pictures by Lalith Perera and Pradeep Dambarage