Written by Bella Dalima
12 Mar, 2015 | 8:09 pm
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow, on a two day official visit.
This marks the first time since 1987 that an Indian Prime Minister has made a bi-lateral state visit to Sri Lanka. Preparations have been completed to extend a warm welcome to the 15th Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, when he arrives in Sri Lanka on Friday.
The Indian Prime Minister and President Maithripala Sirisena are scheduled to hold bilateral talks at the President’s House following which he is also scheduled to meet Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Prime Minister Modi will also visit the Mahabodhi Agrashawaka Maha Viharaya in Maradana at noon and will address Parliament later in the day.
On Saturday, Modi will visit Anuradhapura, where he will pay homage to the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. The railway service between Medawachchiya and Thalaimannar will also be launched on Saturday by the Indian Prime Minister.
He will also visit Jaffna, where he will declare open the Jaffna Cultural Centre, which was built with aid from the Indian government. Prime Minister Modi, will also gift homes to several low income families.
The Indian Prime Minister will leave for India on Saturday evening.
At the Indian general election held last year, Modi led the Bharatiya Janatha Party to a landslide victory claiming a standalone majority in the Lok Sabha. Ending the ten year regime of the Congress Party, he took oaths on the 26th of May as the 15th Prime Minister of India. Since then, Modi has been seen around the world, as one of the most revolutionary world leaders.
President Maithripala Sirisena’s first state visit incidentally was to India, following an invitation extended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Several bi-lateral agreements were also signed during this visit.
Speaking ahead of the Indian Prime Minister’s visit to the country, Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V Vigneshwaran says that it is time that the 13th Amendment be replaced with a more dynamic system of devolution of powers. According to the Hindu Website, The Chief Minister suggests that the Indian Government, Sri Lankan Government and the Northern Provincial Council engage in talks, “without taking refuge under protocols”to find ways of resolving the central problem of the Tamil speaking people. He said that India could play a positive role in bringing about such a change in political culture.
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