Modi meets Lankan President Sirisena, signs Bilateral Agreements

Colombo, March 13: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday signed bilateral agreements with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo during his three-nation trip to boost economic cooperation and cultural values.

In a joint statement, PM Modi said that India is privileged to be a development partner for Sri Lanka. As per the deals signed between two neighbouring countries, Air India will soon begin flight operation from New Delhi to Colombo. India will give VISA On Arrival to Lankans from April 14 this year to invite more tourists to the country.

Modi said that India will organise a festival of India-Sri Lanka later this year showcasing its Buddhist heritage. The country will also co-operate Lanka for developing a special Ramayan train in the nation and a Buddhist circuit in India.

He said that Sampur coal project will commence soon and his country will help Trincomalee to make it a petroleum hub.

Modi also discussed the burning issue of fishermen and hoped this will be sorted out soon. He said that the fishermen organisations of both the countries should meet to find out the solution and that can be accepted and taken forward by the governments of both the nations.

After the address, Modi visited Mahabodhi Society where he met the Buddhist monks and children. He said that he has a dream to build a beautiful Buddhist temple that would reflect the Buddhist relics of Gujarat.

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