Modi is the first foreign leader to visit the island nation since the Easter attacks. Modi’s visit once again proves the fact that India is standing with Sri Lanka in the wake of the deadly terror attacks. “I am confident Sri Lanka will rise again. Cowardly acts of terror cannot defeat the spirit of Sri Lanka. India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka,” Modi tweeted.
After paying tributes to the victims of the Easter attacks, Modi visited the President's House where he was accorded a ceremonial reception. President Maithripala Sirisena held an umbrella to protect himself and PM Modi from rain. Modi also received a special gift, a replica of the Samadhi Buddha Statue, from Sirisena. PM Modi today held talks with Sri Lanka President 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.
Prime Minister Modi discussed various ways to strengthen the bilateral ties with the island nation, reflecting the importance India attaches to its 'Neighbourhood First' policy. Before his departure, the Prime Minister interacted with members of the Indian Community in Sri Lanka at India House and emphasised the important role played by them in strengthening bilateral relations. India is Sri Lanka's largest trading partner globally, and it also accounts for the largest FDI in the island nation.