narendramodiPrime Minister Narendra Modi is reaching Sri Lanka today to express solidarity with the victims of Easter Sunday attacks and reaffirm India’s “Neighbourhood First” policy.
He will become the first head of government to visit the country after the Easter attacks which killed 258 people including 45 foreigners.
Unity in efforts for eradicating terrorism, maritime security in the Indian ocean region and cooperation in economic development are some of key areas of bilateral discussion to be held when PM Modi has an official one to one meeting with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe.
The latter is scheduled to receive and see off PM Modi at the airport, signifying the close ties between the two neighbors and importance attached by Sri Lanka to this visit. Mr Modi will receive a ceremonial reception followed by lunch where all Cabinet ministers and provincial governors will be present.
Leader of opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa and Tamil leader R A Sampanthan will call on the Prime Minister during his stay. Mr Modi will also meet and greet Indian community staying in Sri Lanka before departing in the afternoon.
Security is tight in capital Colombo and special traffic plan are in place to ensure ease of movement. Several landmarks in the city have been decorated with national flags of both countries and billboards to welcome PM Modi.