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* No bilateral agreements during Indian PM's visit to Sri Lanka, President clarifies
Sat, Apr 29, 2017, 08:22 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today clarified that the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not sign any agreement during his upcoming visit to Sri Lanka next month.

Addressing the centenary celebrations at the Oddamavadi Central College in Batticaloa the President reiterated that the Indian Prime Minister is visiting Sri Lanka only to take part in the United Nations Vesak Day celebrations and will not involve in any other official functions.

The President noted that some websites and social media campaigns are spreading false reports that the Indian leader is coming to sign agreements to take ownership of some parts of the country. He called those reports are false propaganda by some groups against the government.

Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate UN Vesak Day in Colombo on May 12. Many world leaders have been invited to the first ever United Nations' Wesak Day celebrations to be held in in Sri Lanka this year.

The President said the country has received the approval and support of the international community and through that support, Sri Lanka is being built to become a developed nation.

He added that some extremist groups are attempting to destroy the peace, unity and faith among the communities needed for the process of building the country. The people should have a clear understanding, the President stressed.

The President also promised that the Ministry of Education, Government and the Provincial Council will discuss and implement an action plan to raise the education standards of the children in the Eastern Province.

Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed and government officials participated in the occasion.


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