Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make an official visit to Sri Lanka on June 9 after completing a trip to the Maldives, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said on Friday.
“Prime Minister Modi’s visit is very important to us. We are neighbours and friends…We are eagerly awaiting his arrival,” he told a news conference after his meeting with the Indian premier at Hyderabad House.
Sirisena, who was in New Delhi recently to attend PM Modi’s swearing-in ceremony, told reporters that Sri Lanka is eagerly waiting to welcome the Indian leader.
“Modi warmly thanked President Sirisena for his gesture of attending the ceremony and also for his good wishes. He conveyed his government’s continued commitment to further foster friendly bilateral ties with Sri Lanka,” the MEA had said in an official statement.
The Sri Lankan visit could entail, the Indian Prime Minister visiting St. Anthony’s Church, venue of the first blast site in Colombo. His visit to Sri Lanka would draw home the point that for India its neighbourhood first policy is paramount.
Sirisena also said that the visit will further strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries, particularly in areas of trade and commerce.
India is currently cooperating with Colombo in the investigations being carried out on the Easter Sunday terrorist attack bombers and ISIS presence. New Delhi has also sent an NIA team to Colombo to further assist them with the investigations and their findings.
Meanwhile, Modi is expected to travel to the Maldives between June 7-8 which will be his first bilateral visit after becoming PM for a second term. However there is no official statement regarding the matter.