PM Modi concludes first foreign visit to Maldives, terror-hit Sri Lanka

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday concluded his first foreign visit in his second turm as PM during which he travelled to Sri Lanka and the Maldives and held talks with the top leadership of the two countries.

After his “immensely fruitful” day-long visit to Sri Lanka, PM Modi left for India, where he held talks with top Lankan officials and discussed ways to strengthen the bilateral ties with the island nation, reflecting the importance India attaches to its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy.

“I had a short but immensely fruitful Sri Lanka visit. Sri Lanka has a special place in our hearts. I assure my sisters and brothers of Sri Lanka that India will always be there with you and support your nation’s progress. Thank you for the memorable welcome and hospitality,” Modi tweeted.

During his visit, he addressed the Indian community at the Indian house in Colombo.

Modi said that he was happy to share that the Indian community overseas and the Government of India are on the same page when it comes to several issues.

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“I am happy to share that the Indian community overseas and the Government of India are on the same page when it comes to several issues,” said Modi.

He also said that the country’s position is getting stronger and a large credit goes to the Indian diaspora.

‘Today India’s position in the world is getting stronger and a large part of that credit goes to the Indian diaspora. Wherever I go, being told about the successes and accomplishments of the Indian diaspora,” he said.

Modi also visited a Catholic church which was bombed during the Easter suicide attacks and paid tributes to the victims of the Easter terror blasts.

He held talks with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa.

He also interacted with the Indian diaspora at India House in Colombo and thanked the community for coming to meet here.

“Thank you, Narendra Modi, for your brief, but a highly productive visit to our country today, thus proving you are a true friend of ours. I highly appreciate and value your kind gesture, support and cooperation extended to Sri Lanka,” President Sirisena tweeted.

His visit to the Maldives and Sri Lanka demonstrates the priority that India attaches to the SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) doctrine, the sources said.

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