Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday offered prayers at a temple in Kerala before his visit to the Maldives and Sri Lanka.
This will be his first foreign tour in the second term after taking the oath.
‘The Guruvayur temple is divine and is very majestic. Prayed at this historic temple for India’s progress and prosperity’ PM Modi tweeted in Malayalam and in English.
The Guruvayur Temple is divine and magnificent. Prayed at this iconic Temple for the progress and prosperity of India. pic.twitter.com/sB5I4GEYZA
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 8, 2019
He arrived at the Kochi airport on Friday ahead of his visit to the two countries.
In his departure message, PM Modi said, ‘These visits indicate the importance India attaches to the policy of neighbourhood first and will further cement ties with key maritime neighbours.’
From Kerala, he will begin his two-day official tour to the Maldives and Sri Lanka.
PM Modi said in a statement said, ‘We had the pleasure of receiving President Solih in December last year. I also had the opportunity to attend the inauguration of President Solih in November 2018. My visit to the Maldives is reflective of the importance we both attach to our relationship as maritime neighbours and long-standing friends.’
‘My visit to Sri Lanka is to express our solidarity with the Government and the people of Sri Lanka in the wake of the terrible terrorist attacks there last Easter on 21 April 2019. India stands with Sri Lanka in the fight against terrorism’ the statement added.
His visit comes at a time when Congress President Rahul Gandhi is also in his constituency, Wayanad for his first visit since winning the seat for the first time.
Rahul Gandhi on Saturday led the victory march in Wayanad and is also expected to address party cadres and participate in receptions.