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* Sri Lankan President to hold bilateral talks with Indian PM
Sun, May 25, 2014, 01:48 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 25, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to have a one-on-one discussion with India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he visits New Delhi tomorrow.

President Rajapaksa will leaves for New Delhi Monday to attend the Mr. Modi's swearing in ceremony at the Rastrapahti Bhawan.

Mr. Modi has invited all the leaders of SAARC countries and he has expressed his intention to hold bilateral talks with each of them following the ceremony.

The President is also expected to hold discussions with Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

He will also call on Indian President Pranab Mukherjee before returning to the country on Tuesday.

External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Minister Arumugam Thondaman, Monitoring MP Sajin Vass Gunawardena and Foreign Secretary Kshenuka Seneviratne will accompany the President, the External Affairs Ministry officials said.

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