Written by Staff Writer
15 Feb, 2015 | 8:03 pm
President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in New Delhi, India on Sunday, for a four-day official visit.
This will be President Sirisena’s first official visit as head of state, since assuming office. President Maithripala Sirisena arrived at the New Delhi Airport on Sunday evening and was greeted by Indian officials. President Maithripala Sirisena departed for India on a SriLankan Airlines flight.
The President is being accompanied by ten delegates.
Indian media have called the visit of the Sri Lankan President as a ‘new beginning for bilateral ties and democracy.’
Democratic changes in Sri Lanka and steps taken to guarantee the rights of all sections of the population have also been widely covered by Indian media ahead of President Sirisena’s visit there.
President Sirisena was also due to unveil and pay floral tribute to the Avalokitheshwara Bodhi Satva statue that has been placed at the premises of the Sri Lankan High Commission in Delhi.
Several bilateral agreements are also due to be signed during the President’s visit. Meanwhile, as a goodwill gesture, fishing boats that had been in the custody of Sri Lankan and Indian authorities for violating the maritime boundary, were released today parallel to President Sirisena’s visit.
Eighty six (86) Indian boats in Sri Lankan custody and 27 Sri Lankan boats in Indian custody were to be released.
The boats were in the custody of the Navy in Talaimannar, Kankesanthurai and other locations.
Navy Media Spokesperson, Commander Indika Silva noted that the boats would be entrusted to Indian authorities following discussions with the Indian High Commission in Colombo.
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