India's Modi makes unscheduled stop at bombed Sri Lanka church

11 June, 2019, 10:00 | Author: Wade Massey
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The Indian premier was set to discuss the issue of terrorism with the authorities in Sri Lanka, where several terrorist attacks on churches and hotels killed over 240 people in April.

Puri said in a tweet on Sunday, "Honouring the spirit of friendship & mutual cooperation between India & Sri Lanka, & to express solidarity with the people of the island nation, I am delighted to announce the resumption of additional Air India flight between New Delhi & Colombo from 15th July 2019".

"I am confident Sri Lanka will rise again", Modi said on Twitter where he posted photos of himself at the church.

Modi said the Indian voter has outlined a vision for the next five years, and this is now an opportunity before the government. Under the Modi government, India has handed over the first lot of houses built under a $350 million project, mostly for Tamils who live in Sri Lanka's tea plantation areas. During the meeting, the Prime Minister directed all the ministries to focus on steps to improve "Ease of Living".

Like in the early days of Chandrababu Naidu after 2014 elections, the Prime Minister offered complete co-operation to the new government in Andhra Pradesh in facing the Bifurcation Challenges.

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"During his trip, we discussed matters including the strengthening of regional security through reviving tri-lateral talks between Sri Lanka, India and the Maldives. The State and Central Governments combined will fulfill the aspirations of the people", Modi said.

India, the traditional ally of both Sri Lanka and the Maldives, had watched with unease as former governments of strongman leader Abdulla Yameen in the Maldives and Sri Lanka's Mahinda Rajapakse leaned towards Beijing for political and financial support.

The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority said April recorded 166,975 foreign tourists in the country compared to 180,429 in April 2018, a 7.5 per cent dip in arrival of tourists from overseas.

On arriving in Lanka from Maldives, the Prime Minister tweeted: "Happy to be back in Sri Lanka, my third visit to this handsome island in four years". I assure my sisters and brothers of Sri Lanka that India will always be there with you and support your nation's progress. Jagan had received Modi in Tirupati Airport and also later accompanied him for the Darshan.

"Mr. Modi's visit to Sri Lanka, following the lifting of the travel advisories by many countries including the UK, France and China, will serve as a boost for the tourism industry".



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