Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Concludes Sri Lankan Visit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Concludes Sri Lankan Visit
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for home concluding his Sri Lankan visit during which he took part in the International Vesak Day celebrations and addressed Indian-origin Tamils.

Indian Prime assured Sri Lanka of his support in its nation-building efforts, saying New Delhi will be a friend and a partner, amid China’s forays into the important Indian Ocean country. Making Lord Buddha and his ideals the central theme of his address at the inauguration of the International Vesak Day – the biggest Buddhist festival, Prime Minister Modi called on India and Sri Lanka to uphold those ideals and promote values of peace, inclusiveness and compassion in policies and conduct.

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“Our region is blessed to have given to the world the invaluable gift of Buddha and his teachings,” he said, pointing out the significance of the “shared heritage” between the people of both nations.
He also stated that he believes that India and Sri Lanka were at a moment of great opportunity in their relationship. Explaining how Sri Lanka contributed to revive Buddhism in India, he said “you took us back to our own roots.”
“The friendship between India and Sri Lanka was etched in time by the ‘Great Master’… As close neighbours, our relationship spreads across many layers. It draws its strength as much through our interconnected values of Buddhism as it does from the limitless possibilities of our shared future. Ours is a friendship that lives in the hearts of our people and in the fabric of our societies,” he said.
He reiterated India’s commitment to the economic prosperity of “our Sri Lankan brothers and sisters”.

“Thank you Sri Lanka! This was a memorable visit, in which I got to take part in various programmes including Vesak Day celebrations,” Modi also did not forget to tweet his memorable visit just after his visit.

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