Indian Premier concludes Sri Lanka visit; pledges to strengthen relations

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Jun 09, 2019 (LBO) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited Sri Lanka today on an invitation extended by President Maithripala Sirisena, held discussions at the President’s House in Colombo.

Prime Minister Modi was ceremoniously received by President Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat and accorded a Guard of Honour and 19 Gun Salute.

President Sirisena, who participated in the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi for his second term as Prime Minister in New Delhi, was the first leader to have bilateral talks with the Prime Minister.

Premier Modi is also the first foreign leader to visit Sri Lanka after the Islamist terrorist attack on Easter Sunday.

“President Sirisena expressed his gratitude to Indian Premier for visiting Sri Lanka at a time when the country is reeling under the terrible terrorist attacks, thus giving a positive signal to the world about Sri Lanka’s secure environment,” President’s Media Division said.

“He added that the visit also reflects the strength and trust exists between the two neighbours.”

The two leaders held discussions, covering issues pertaining to bilateral relations and regional security, peace and stability.

Since both Sri Lanka and India have been victims of terrorism, both the leaders condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and decided to step up cooperation in this critical area.

“Prime Minister Modi said that the responsibility of friendly and brotherly countries is to help each other when one faces difficulties,” President’s Media Division said.

“He said that he accepted President Sirisena’s invitation to visit with joy and India would continue the trust placed on Sri Lanka.”

Noting that the relations between the two countries since ancient times based on mutual trust and respect, the two leaders pledged to further strengthen bilateral ties.

Before leaving the country, the Indian Prime Minister held discussions with Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister, Opposition Leader and leaders of other political parties.