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Modi in Sri Lanka HIGHLIGHTS: India’s position in world getting stronger, PM tells Indian diaspora

PM Modi in Sri Lanka HIGHLIGHTS: The prime minister is visiting Sri Lanka on the invitation of President Sirisena, who was recently in India to attend the new government's swearing-in ceremony.

By: Express Web Desk
New Delhi | Updated: June 9, 2019 6:09:29 pm
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seen with Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena during his welcome ceremony at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, Sri Lanka, June 9, 2019. (Reuters)

PM Modi in Sri Lanka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday arrived in Sri Lanka, the second leg of his two-nation trip, where he held talks with President Maithripala Sirisena. The Prime Minister also met Sri Lankan Leader of Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa.

This is PM Modi’s first visit to Sri Lanka after returning to power, and the deadly terror attacks on Easter Sunday in which 250 people were killed in the Island nation. India has been providing intelligence and assistance in the investigation of the Islamic State-led attack.

The prime minister is visiting Sri Lanka on the invitation of President Sirisena, who was recently in India to attend the new government’s swearing-in ceremony.

Read | Terror the biggest threat, need a global summit of leaders to combat it: Modi

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PM Modi reaches Sri Lanka on his maiden visit after returning to power. Follow HIGHLIGHTS here.

16:22 (IST)09 Jun 2019
PM Modi leaves for home

Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for home after concluding his first foreign visit following his re-election during which he travelled to Sri Lanka and Maldives and held talks with the top leadership of the two countries, news agency PTI reported.

15:32 (IST)09 Jun 2019
India will always be there with you and support your nation’s progress: PM Modi to Sri Lankans

"I assure my sisters and brothers of Sri Lanka that India will always be there with you and support your nation’s progress," Modi said in a tweet.

"Thank you for the memorable welcome and hospitality," he added.

15:25 (IST)09 Jun 2019
'A special gift from a special friend'

Modi received a 'special' gift, a replica of the Samadhi Buddha Statue, from Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena after the two leaders met today.  

"A special gift from a special friend. President @MaithripalaS presented PM @narendramodi the Samadhi Buddha Statue. This is considered to be one of the best sculptures in the Anuradhapura era. The original statue was sculptured between the 4th and 7th centuries AD, " Prime Minister's office tweeted.

(Source: PMO Twitter handle)
15:18 (IST)09 Jun 2019
Position of India in the world getting stronger: PM Modi in Colombo

"I am happy to share that the Indian community overseas and the Government of India are on the same page when it comes to several issues," PM Modi said while addressing the Indian community at India House in Colombo, news agency ANI reported.

"Today India’s position in the world is getting stronger and a large part of that credit goes to the Indian diaspora. Wherever I go, I'm told about the successes and accomplishments of the Indian diaspora," he added.

15:09 (IST)09 Jun 2019
Watch | PM Modi addresses Indian community in Colombo

PM Modi addresses the Indian community in Colombo

15:01 (IST)09 Jun 2019
TNA calls upon PM Modi

A delegation of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) led by R Sampanthan met Prime Minister Modi. They also congratulated him on his recent electoral victory.

(Twitter/MEAIndia)
14:54 (IST)09 Jun 2019
PM Modi meets Mahinda Rajapaksa

Prime Minister Modi Sunday met Former President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa.

(Source: PMOIndia)
14:44 (IST)09 Jun 2019
Modi, Sirisena discuss terrorism, call it a 'joint threat'

In his second meeting with Sri Lankan President Sirisena in 10 days, PM Modi said the two leaders agreed that terrorism was a joint threat that required collective and focussed action. "Reiterated India’s commitment to partner with Sri Lanka for a shared, secure and prosperous future," Modi tweeted.

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14:31 (IST)09 Jun 2019
PM Modi, Sirisena discuss bilateral issues

During his meeting with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed bilateral issues of mutual interest. "PM @narendramodi and President of Sri Lanka @MaithripalaS discussed bilateral issues of mutual interest. A banquet was hosted in honour of PM by President @MaithripalaS #Neighbourhoodfirst," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

13:50 (IST)09 Jun 2019
PM Modi meets Sri Lanka President Maitripala Sirisena

PM Modi met Sri Lankan President Maitripala Sirisena in Colombo after being accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Secretariat. This second meeting between the two leaders in a span of less than a month. 

13:34 (IST)09 Jun 2019
PM Modi is on his first trip to Sri Lank after returning to power
13:06 (IST)09 Jun 2019
PM Modi plants sapling at Presidential Secretariat
12:46 (IST)09 Jun 2019
NIA shares with Sri Lanka numbers of five locals linked to IS

In the wake of the Easter Sunday bombings which killed more than 250 people, India has shared with Sri Lanka phone numbers of five Lankans suspected to be associated with Islamic State (IS). India has also shared call logs and details of some Indians who were in touch with the family of two Lankan suicide bombers involved in the attacks. A National Investigation Agency (NIA) team was in Sri Lanka last week in connection with the agency’s probe into two IS modules in India that are suspected to have had connections in Sri Lanka.

Read | NIA shares with Sri Lanka numbers of five locals linked to IS

12:39 (IST)09 Jun 2019
PM Modi accorded ceremonial welcome at presidential secretariat
12:21 (IST)09 Jun 2019
Watch | PM Modi pay tributes to victims of Easter attack
12:21 (IST)09 Jun 2019
Confident Sri Lanka will rise again: Modi
12:20 (IST)09 Jun 2019
In Pics | PM Modi pays tribute to Easter attack victims

12:12 (IST)09 Jun 2019
PM Modi pays tribute to victims of Easter attacks

PM Modi, who is in Colombo paid tribute to the victims of the Easter attacks in which 250 people were killed. The attacks were led by the Islamic Attack suicide bombers who targetted Sunday mass and several hotel building in a series of co-ordinated attacks. 

11:55 (IST)09 Jun 2019
In Pics | PM Modi arrives in Sri Lanka

(Source: Twitter/@MEA)

11:49 (IST)09 Jun 2019
In first leg, PM Modi visited Maldives

On Saturday, PM Modi reached the Maldives and held bilateral engagements with President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih. The Maldivian government conferred him with its highest honour, Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen. 

During their first meeting last month, the two leaders noted that terrorism and extremism continue to pose threat to humanity and expressed commitment for closer bilateral cooperation for peace and security in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region. (AP Photo)

Ahead of leaving for his two-nation trip, PM Modi talking about his Indian Ocean neighbour had said, "Our bilateral relations with Sri Lanka have gained considerable momentum in the last few years. I had the pleasure of meeting President Sirisena during his recent visit to India to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new government. I look forward to meeting the Sri Lankan leadership during my visit."

Following Modi's return to power, he held meetings with leaders of BIMSTEC nations including the Sri Lankan premiere.

Describing it as an “honour for people of Sri Lanka”, Sirisena had said that the relationship between India and his country goes back over 2600 years. “PM Modi’s visit is very important to us, we are neighbours and friends, this relationship between India and Sri Lanka dates back over 2600 years. We’re eagerly awaiting for his arrival, it’s a great honour for the people of Sri Lanka,” Sirisena said after meeting PM Modi.

During their first meeting last month, the two leaders noted that terrorism and extremism continue to pose threat to humanity and expressed commitment for closer bilateral cooperation for peace and security in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region.

On Saturday, PM Modi reached Maldives and held bilateral engagements with President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih. The Maldivian government conferred him with its highest honour, Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen.

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First published on: 09-06-2019 at 09:04:28 am
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