Prime Minister Narendra Modi could make a short visit to Sri Lanka on his way to or from the Maldives in early June, during his first visit overseas in his second term, LiveMint India reported today.
It said while Modi’s visit to the Maldives would underline the primacy of neighbours and India’s neighbourhood in foreign policy during his second term in office, the brief stop in Sri Lanka is expected to convey India’s solidarity with Sri Lanka in the wake of the Easter Sunday attacks in April.
Modi is expected to visit the Maldives on 7-8 June. The Indian Foreign Ministry is yet to confirm the visit but news reports from Male said the Indian Prime Minister would be visiting the Maldives early June and will also address the country’s parliament.
According to people familiar with the developments, Modi could either stopover in Colombo on the way to Male or on his way back. The aim is to express solidarity with the Sri Lankan people and that New Delhi will be supportive of Colombo in its fight against terrorism.
By stopping over in Colombo, the Prime Minister will not only express solidarity with the victims of the carnage—mostly Sri Lankan Catholics—but will also let the Sri Lankan Government know that India is willing to fully support it in its fight against terrorism. New Delhi had sent warnings to Sri Lanka prior to the attacks that shattered a decade of calm in the country that was previously embroiled in a three decade long civil war.