LIVE: PM Narendra Modi arrives in Sri Lanka; assures visa on arrival for Lankan nationals

Modi's trip to Lanka is also the first standalone prime ministerial visit to the island nation since 1987 when Rajiv Gandhi came.

By: Press Trust of India | Colombo | Updated: March 13, 2015 10:50 am
modi-srlanka_759 Modi arrived in Colombo for a two-day visit at 5.25 A.M. after an overnight journey from Port Louis in Mauritius in a special Air India plane. (Source: Express photo by Shubhajit Roy/Twitter)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday flew into the Sri Lankan capital in the early hours for a historic visit during which he is expected to hold talks with the country’s top leadership.

Modi arrived in Colombo for a two-day visit at 5.25 A.M. after an overnight journey from Port Louis in Mauritius in a special Air India plane.

Sri Lanka is the final stop of his three-nation tour of Indian Ocean island nations that took him to Seychelles and Mauritius.

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Modi, who is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Lanka in 28 years, will today hold summit talks with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who was in India last month on his first foreign trip after assuming office in January.

He will also hold talks with his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickramasinghe.

These Sri Lankan drummers welcomed Modi at the Old Parliament building. These Sri Lankan drummers welcomed Modi at the Old Parliament building.

The prime minister’s visit to Lanka is considered to be an opportunity to further strengthen all aspects of the bilateral relationship.

His trip to Lanka is also the first standalone prime ministerial visit to the island nation since 1987 when Rajiv Gandhi came.

“I see this visit as an opportunity to further strengthen our relationship in all its dimensions – political, strategic, economic, cultural, and above all, people to people contacts,” he had said in his pre-departure statement.

Modi will also address the Sri Lankan Parliament during his visit. He will be the first Indian Prime Minister and only the second foreign leader after British Premier David Cameron to visit Jaffna in the war-ravaged Northern province, where he will hand over homes built with the help of Indian assistance.

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Some 20,000 such homes were built in Jaffna described by India as “a flagship cooperation project currently in Sri Lanka”.

He is also expected to meet leaders of the Tamil National Alliance and other political parties.

Modi is accompanied by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.

LIVE updates:

# India to host Sri Lankan cultural festival later this year.

 

#An agreement on currency swap arrangements to be announced by both the nations. Could be to the tune of 1.5 million.

# India, Sri Lanka talks to give a fillip to Ramayana circuit in Sri Lanka and Buddhist circuit in India.

# India, Sri Lanka to sign pact on customs cooperation.

# India to help Trincomalee become regional energy hub.

# India to give visa on arrival to Sri Lankan Nationals on 14 April (Sinhala New Year).

# India to extend fresh Line of Credit of about 318 million for development of rail infrastructure in Sri Lanka.

# After ceremonial welcome, talks begin between Modi and Sri Lankan president Sirisena.

 

 

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    avi
    Mar 13, 2015 at 11:52 am
    India is offering too much to Sri Lanka specially visa on arrival, what if Sri Lankan's on the pay roll of stani ISI flood into India ???
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      Diluk
      Mar 13, 2015 at 4:13 pm
      Well.......Sri Lanka offers VOA to Indian nationals, why on earth should it not be reciprocated?
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        HILARY
        Mar 13, 2015 at 3:02 pm
        Indian Tamil fishermen with their comparatively bigger trawlers and bottom sing nets are encroaching into Sri Lankan fishing waters. Apart from driving out the Sri Lankan Tamil fishermen using smaller boats and conservative nature friendly nets, the Indian Tamil fishermen are also destroying the fishing grounds in Sri Lankan waters just as they have already destro the fishing grounds in the Indian waters with their destructive methods. A clear strong advisory to Indian Tamil fishermen to keep themselves on the Indian side of the border in the sea, should put an end to the conflict which is entirely generated from the Indian side. Sadly, there is no such advisory to Indian fishermen from the Indian authorities be it the Centre or the State.
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          shilpy
          Mar 14, 2015 at 10:40 am
          would be nice if the fishermen get the visa on arrival at the water line.
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