Modi says Sri Lanka visit sign of strong relationship

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says his Sri Lanka visit which begins today, is a sign of the strong relationship between both countries.

During his visit, Modi will join the International Vesak Day celebrations in Colombo tomorrow, where he will interact with leading Buddhist spiritual leaders, scholars and theologians.

“It is my honour to join these celebrations with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. My visit brings to the fore one of the most abiding links between India and Sri Lanka- the shared heritage of Buddhism,” he said.

Modi said that during his last visit in 2015, he had the opportunity to visit Anuradhapura, a UNESCO world heritage site and a leading centre of Buddhism for centuries.

“This time, I will be privileged to pay respect at the revered Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy, also known as the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. My visit will commence in Colombo with a visit to the Seema Malaka at the Gangaramayya temple where I will take part in the traditional lamp lighting ceremony. I will be meeting with President Sirisena, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and other eminent dignitaries,” he said.

Modi also said that he will visit the up country region of Sri Lanka where he will inaugurate the Dickoya Hospital that has been built with Indian assistance, and have an interaction with the Indian-origin Tamil community.

“I will be sharing more from Sri Lanka on social media. You can watch all my programmes in Sri Lanka live on the ‘Narendra Modi Mobile App,” Modi said.