The Prime Minister said it was his privilege to tour Sri Lanka just a month after President Sirisena’s visit to India.
“We are grateful to you for visiting us so soon after your election. We were honoured that you chose India as your first destination. It is my privilege to visit Sri Lanka just a month later – and to be your first guest. Sri Lankans and Indians will always turn to each other with the natural instincts of friendship and kinship,” he said.
He also congratulated President Sirisena for a historic victory in a remarkable election.
“Your mandate carried the collective voice of Sri Lanka; and, the aspirations of every section of this richly diverse nation. You and the entire political leadership have shown great wisdom and courage in uniting behind a common purpose. And, together you have taken bold steps towards a future of a more united, more inclusive and a more prosperous Sri Lanka,” said Prime Minister Modi.
Prime Minister Modi is in Sri Lanka on the third and final leg of his five-day three-nation tour and is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Sri Lanka in 28 years. (New Kerala)