Modi pays tribute to Easter bombing victims

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday morning eventually becoming the first foreign dignitary to visit the island nation after the Easter blasts which killed over 250 people.

PM Modi tweeted, “I am confident Sri Lanka will rise again. Cowardly acts of terror cannot defeat the spirit of Sri Lanka. India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka.”

He was warmly welcomed  by his Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo.

Modi also tweeted immediately after his arrival in Sri Lanka ,“Happy to be back in Sri Lanka , my third visit to this beautiful island in four years. Share the warmth shown by the people of SL in equal measure. India never forgets her friends when they are in need. Deeply touched by the ceremonial welcome.”

During his visit, Prime Minister Modi will hold talks with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Opposition leader  Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Tamil National Alliance  is also expected to meet him.

The Indian PM’s visit is seen as a sign of India’s affirmation of solidarity with the Government and the people of Sri Lanka in the wake of the terrible terrorist attacks there last Easter on 21st April 2019 that killed over 250 people.

 PM Modi arrived in Colombo from Maldives where he held several talks with Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Saturday. India and Maldives signed six agreements to strengthen connectivity between India and the Maldives , bilateral cooperation in the key areas of defence and maritime security.

Maldives conferred the highest honour “Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen” on Narendra Modi.

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