Prime Minister Narendra Modi to leave for two-day visit to Sri Lanka

Sakshi Chaturvedi
Published on: 10 May 2017 12:54 PM GMT
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to leave for two-day visit to Sri Lanka
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday and Friday, will be visiting Sri Lanka to offer prayers at the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic at Kandy in central Sri Lanka as well as at a temple in Colombo. He will further boost bilateral relations.

Although no bilateral talks are scheduled, Indian officials said the visit was expected to expand the momentum in India-Sri Lanka ties.

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PM Modi will also open an India-funded 150-bed multi-speciality hospital in the central hill district which is home to Tamil tea plantation workers of Indian origin.

PM Modi will also be the Chief Guest at the UN-recognised 14th International Vesak Day meant to mark the enlightenment and passing away of Lord Buddha. The golden-roofed Kandy temple houses Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist relic, a tooth of Lord Buddha.

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It may be mentioned that the visit follows the invitation of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. It will be Modi's second trip to Sri Lanka as Prime Minister after March 2015.

Last month, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe visited India.

Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi Chaturvedi

A journalist, presently working as a Sub-Editor at newstrack.com.

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