Speaking at the International Vesak Day celebrations at the BMICH in Colombo today, Modi said that he believes that both India and Sri Lanka are at a moment of great opportunity in its relationship.
“The friendship between India and Sri Lanka was etched in time by the “Great Master”. Buddhism imparts an ever present radiance to our relationship. As close neighbours, our relationship spreads across many layers. It draws its strength as much through our interconnected values of Buddhism as it does from the limitless possibilities of our shared future. Ours is a friendship that lives in the hearts of our peopleand in the fabric of our societies,” he said.
Modi said that on Vesak, his hope is that India and Sri Lanka will work together to uphold the ideals of Lord Buddha and promote values of peace, accommodation, inclusiveness, and compassion in the policies and conduct of the two Governments.
“This is the true path to free individuals, families, societies, nations and the world at large from the three poisons of greed, hatred and ignorance,” he said.
Today, India’s development cooperation with Sri Lanka amounts to US Dollars 2.6 billion. Modi says its only aim is to support Sri Lanka in realizing a peaceful, prosperous and secure future for its people.
“Because, the economic and social well being of the people of Sri Lankais linked with that of 1.25 billion Indians. Because, whether it is on land or in the waters of the Indian Ocean, the security of our societies is indivisible,” he said.
Modi said that during his conversations with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe they reinforced the will to join hands in achieving common goals. (Colombo Gazette)