PM Modi arrived in Sri Lanka on June 9 and paid his tributes to the blast victims at the St Anthony's shrine. Sri Lanka was rocked by series of bombings on Easter Day this year. Expressing his condolences, PM said that India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka.
Taking to Twitter soon after paying his tributes at the St Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade, PM wrote that he is confident that Sri Lanka will rise again because the cowardly act of terror cannot defeat the spirit of the country.
Here are his tweets:
Prime Minister greeted the island nation as soon as he arrived here at around 11 in the morning on June 9, Sunday. After paying tributes, PM was accorded ceremonial welcome. Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena was also present. While it was waining in Sri Lanka, PM alongside his counterpart stood as the national anthem of both the nation played. In a friendly gesture of a host, Sri Lankan PM held the umbrella amidst untimely rain during PM Modi's ceremonial welcome. PM Modi also planted a sapling of Ashoka tree at the Presidential Secretariat. Sources said that it has a traditional significance as the son of King Ashoka the great was sent to Sri Lanka to spread lessons of Buddhism.
This is PM Modi's third visit to this beautiful island in four years. PM said: "India never forgets her friends when they are in need. Deeply touched by the ceremonial welcome. Happy to be back in Sri Lanka".
Here are more pictures of his visit to Sri Lanka :
President Ranil Wickremesinghe receives Prime Minister Modi at the airport.