Narendra Modi says India will walk side by side with Sri Lanka

ClNVYJJXEAYUfTSIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that India will walk side by side with Sri Lanka.

Modi and President Maithripala Sirisena jointly inaugurated a state-of-the-art stadium that was recently renovated with India’s help in Jaffna today.

Some 8000 people have also joined the event at Duraiappah Stadium where a yoga demonstration is also being organised ahead of the International Yoga Day on June 21. In 2014, the United Nations had declared June 21 as the International Yoga Day.

The stadium, named in honour of former mayor of Jaffna late Alfred Thambirajah Duraiappah, has been renovated by India at a cost of over Rs.7 crore. This is the first major event at the renovated stadium.

In his address, PM Modi said, “India will walk side by side with Sri Lanka as it charts its own path to progress.”

He said, Sri Lanka was among the first supporters of the UN resolution on Yoga Day.

“Our relations are not limited to confines of our two governments but reside in our rich culture, art and language, ANI quoted PM Modi as saying.

“The Duraiappah stadium is not just brick and mortar but a symbol of economic development,” PM Modi said, adding, “Last year I was in Jaffna, the warmth and affection I received from the people is still fresh in my mind.”

On his part, the Sri Lankan president thanked India for providing the financial assistance for renovating the stadium and said, “This is a historic occasion which will strengthen relations between India and Sri Lanka.” (Colombo Gazette)


  1. “Modi says India will walk side by side with Sri Lanka”

    India is playing the double game very well. It is pushing the West to get serious with war crimes to isolate Sri Lanka from China, but pretending walking side by side. I really don’t believe President MS and Prime Minister RW can deal with the smart world.

  2. When opening the Thuraiappah stadium,they have forgotten to remember the souls of the 31 human skeletons including children’s found when digging some structures at Thuraiappah stadium. The Sri Lankan armed forces had shot and murdered those people who surrendered during the war. May be they would be in the missing persons list. No inquiry was held.

  3. I have attended today’s function at the Duraiappah stadium, as well as yesterday’s function at the Jaffna Library. The statue of former Indian President late Abdul Kalam was jointly unveiled by Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Y.K.Sinha and Northern Province Chief Minister Justice Wigneswaran at the Jaffna library yesterday. They both delivered speeches how Abdul Kalam is an example for Tamils students, but brought not even one student for the yesterday’sfunction at the library. Today the organisers brought thousands of students to Duraiappah stadium and showed them Yoga. I believe that showing role model for Tamil youths is far more important than teaching yoga. The South Asian leaders don’t have the ability to create vibrant future generation. Therefore, South Asia can’t compete with China. The West is trying to create South Asia as an opposition to China, but it won’t work.

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