Narendra Modi to visit Sri Lanka in May 2017

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi upon his arrival  for his welcoming ceremonyIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Sri Lanka in May, Health Minister and Cabinet spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne has said.

Modi will inaugurate a hospital and participate in an event in Colombo, Senaratne told The Hindu newspaper. The events will be held around the Vesak festival, a Buddhist celebration.

The hospital is being built with Indian assistance in Hatton, a town in Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka’s Central Province, home to Tamils of recent Indian-origin who work largely on the island’s famed tea estates.

In March 2015, Modi was in Sri Lanka – the first bilateral visit by an Indian Prime Minister in 28 years. He was the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the Jaffna in the island’s Tamil-majority Northern Province.

Health Minister Senaratne said he also discussed the possible import of medicines from India with his counterpart, J. P. Nadda, who is in Sri Lanka for a summit organised by the World Health Organisation.

The two health ministers held a yoga session at Colombo’s sea-facing Galle Face hotel Wednesday morning. (Colombo Gazette)