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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will hold talks at Hyderabad House in New Delhi today. Both leaders are likely to discuss areas of cooperation and ways to strengthen existing bilateral relations between the two countries. The Sri Lankan President will later call on President Ram Nath Kovind.

Mr Rajapaksa arrived in the national capital last evening on a three-day state visit to India. The visiting dignitary will be accorded a ceremonial reception on the forecourts of Rashtrapati Bhawan this morning. This is Mr Rajapaksa's first overseas visit after assuming office.

Before his departure from Colombo, Mr. Gotabaya tweeted that during the visit, he is looking forward to strengthening bilateral relations with Narendra Modi and the Government of India.

Following his arrival in New Delhi, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, in a tweet said that a civilisational relationship nurtured through millennia. He said, the President's visit at the Prime Minister invitation, demonstrates the strength and dynamism of India-Sri Lanka relations.

The visit is also the manifestation of India’s neighbourhood first policy and external affairs minister Dr. S. Jaishankar was first foreign dignitary to meet new Sri Lankan President last week.

AIR correspondent reports India is one of the largest investors in Sri Lanka with cumulative investments of around 1.239 billion dollars. The investments are in diverse areas including petroleum retail, IT, financial services, real estate, telecommunication, hospitality and tourism, banking and food processing. Sri Lanka is among the major recipients of development assistance from India. India’s overall commitment stands close to 3 billion dollars, out of which around  560 million dollars are purely in grants. (news on-air)

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  • Ranjan Udugama Friday, 29 November 2019 11:20 AM

    Recently when Modi went to USA he was over praising President Trump, ashamedly like a child, in front of President Trump himself. So much so even Trump appeared embarrassed. But we Sri Lankans are giving this Modi and India too much respect. We don’t have to. We are much cleaner and healthier country by many fold than India. And we were free most of the time,occupied only 350 years, in history than India which was occupied by foreign Armies,from Greeks,Afghans, Iranian, Mogul, and finally British, for more than two thousand years.

    WT Friday, 29 November 2019 02:42 PM

    You have brilliantly hit the nail on the head.

    Vinayake Friday, 29 November 2019 03:25 PM

    Who are we? Who brought Buddhism to srilanka? Are you kidding me. India is a large country compared to minnow srilanka.

    George Harry Friday, 29 November 2019 12:32 PM

    It is a grave mistake to meet Modi before stabilizing the internal grip.

    Big frog Friday, 29 November 2019 03:19 PM

    Please do not try to be too smart. SL is a tiny speck in the world with nothing to get out. That is why no invasion. Thank the invaders who introduced, tea,rubber,coconut coffee plantations. Roads and railways. Universities and English language. You are like frogs in a well.


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