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WATCH: "Happy To Be Back": PM Modi Arrives In Sri Lanka After Maldives Visit, Received By His Sri Lankan Counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe

Written By Monica Aggarwal | Mumbai | Published:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday arrived in Sri Lanka after his maiden visit to the Maldives after assuming office for a second term. PM Modi was received by his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe at the airport.

Taking to Twitter as he landed, PM Modi wrote that he is happy to be back in Sri Lanka for his third visit in the beautiful island nation in four years. He further added that India never forgets her friends like Sri Lanka when they are in need, as he shared the warmth shown by the people of Sri Lanka in equal measures.

PM Modi felt deeply touched by the ceremonial welcome by his Sri Lankan counterpart.

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During his day-long visit, Prime Minister Modi will hold talks with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa. A delegation of the main Tamil party - The Tamil National Alliance - is also expected to meet Prime Minister Modi.

His visit is considered as a sign of India's affirmation of solidarity with Sri Lanka in the wake of the deadly Easter terror attacks in April. Over 250 people were killed in the attack claimed by the Islamic State.

 Departing from Maldives on Sunday, PM Modi thanked the citizens of the island nation for their hospitality and Maldivian government for being great hosts. He also added such warm experience will add to the advancement of bilateral ties between two nations with vigour.

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(With PTI inputs)