India says Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka will demonstrate priority

India says Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to Sri Lanka and the Maldives will demonstrate India’s priority to its ‘Neighbourhood-First Policy’ and the SAGAR Doctrine.

The Indian External Affairs Ministry said that Modi will pay a state visit to the Republic of Maldives on 08-09 June 2019 at the invitation of Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of the Republic of Maldives.

This will be the first overseas visit of Prime Minister Modi after his re-election.

The visit is reflective of the new momentum in high-level exchanges between India and Maldives. Earlier, President Solih had made a State visit to India in December 2018.

Prime Minister Modi’s forthcoming visit will provide an important occasion to review the recent developments in bilateral relations and exchange views on issues of mutual interest with the objective of further strengthening the special relationship between the two countries, the Indian External Affairs Ministry said.

Prime Minister Modi will also visit Sri Lanka on 09 June 2019 at the invitation of Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, the Indian External Affairs Ministry said.

​The Indian External Affairs Ministry said the visits to Maldives and Sri Lanka will demonstrate the priority India attaches to its ‘Neighbourhood-First Policy’ and the SAGAR Doctrine. (Colombo Gazette)

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