PM Modi arrives

Friday, 13 March 2015 - 7:09

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Sri Lanka this dawn.

Indian Prime Minister Modi who came to Sri Lanka on a two-day official visit is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Sri Lanka since 1987.

While the special plane carrying the Indian Prime Minister touched down at the Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport at about 5.20 a.m. today, he was welcomed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

While officials of the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka and a large number of Ministers and MPs had arrived at the Airport, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe introduced them to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Prime Minister Modi will hold talks with President Maithripala Sirisena and his delegation, followed by an exchange or signing of agreements and press statements by the Prime Minister and the President.

Prime Minister Modi will also visit the Maha Bodhi Society with which India has longstanding connections.

Prime Minister Modi will be hosted for a lunch by Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe.

The lunch is followed by a meeting with the Prime Minister.

The Indian Premier is scheduled to deliver an address to the Parliament, a rare honor accorded to visiting Heads of Government and Heads of State.

He will then visit the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) Memorial, and pay homage to the IPKF soldiers who sacrificed their lives to ensure the integrity of Sri Lanka.

The Prime Minister will meet Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.

President Sirisena will host a dinner banquet in honor of the visiting Indian Prime Minister tonight.

On the second day of his visit, Prime Minister Modi will fly first to Anuradhapura where he would see the Sri Maha Bodhi tree and visits the historic city.

After visiting Anuradhapura, the Prime Minister will go to Thalaimannar where he will inaugurate the Thalaimannar pier railway station and flag off a train, opening the Thalaimannar-Madhu segment of the Thalaimannar - Medawachchiya Railway line reconstructed with Indian funds.