Modi arrives in Sri Lanka on 2-day visit to re-emphasise traditional Buddhist connect

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 May 2017 09:20:20


COLOMBO,

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Thursday on a two-day visit. The visit and the agenda is mainly to re-emphasise the traditional connect between India and Sri Lanka, particularly in the context of Buddhism, which is a shared heritage.


This assumes significance since China is aggressively trying to make inroads in Sri Lanka Modi, on his second visit to Sri Lanka in two years, is here primarily to participate on Friday in the International Vesak Day celebrations, the biggest festival of Buddhists.


He will inaugurate a hospital built with India’s assistance of Rs 150 crore. He will also address the Indian-origin Tamils.