Prime Minister Modi is expected to make a pit-stop in Sri Lanka either on his way back from Maldives in June.
Sri Lankan President Maitripala Sirisena on Friday announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Sri Lanka in the first week of June. Sirisena is currently in India for Modi’s swearing-in.
This will be PM Modi’s second foreign visit after taking the oath, the first being Maldives.
The decision was announced after the meeting between Sirisena and Modi in New Delhi earlier on Friday. During the meeting, both leaders noted that terrorism and extremism continue to pose a threat to humanity. Both expressed commitment for closer bilateral cooperation for peace and security in South Asia.
Hitting the ground running!
In the first of a series of bilateral meetings with foreign leaders lined up today, PM @narendramodi had a warm meeting with the President of #SriLanka @MaithripalaS at Hyderabad House. Discussed bilateral issues of interest.@IndiainSL @SLinIndia pic.twitter.com/ooyHykezWW
— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) May 31, 2019
Addressing the media, Sirisena said: “Terrorism takes place in many forms all over the world, some countries have domestic terrorists. Political and religious extremists organize extreme activities all over the world. No matter how international terrorism takes place, it affects all.”
President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena: All the democratic nations of the world must join hands against terrorism. Whether they are powerful nations or small nations, all must get together against terrorism, it is only then will we able to defeat it. https://t.co/dMPbzUr1Fu
— ANI (@ANI) May 31, 2019
Modi’s visit comes around a month after the deadliest attack in Lanka on Easter that killed 253, according to official figures. For now, India is also cooperating with Lankan authorities in the investigations being carried out on the bombers and ISIS presence in the island nation.