May 31, New Delhi: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, newly sworn-in for a second term, reiterated their commitment for closer bilateral cooperation to ensure peace and security in the South Asian region, when they held bilateral discussions on Friday.
President Sirisena graced the swearing-in-ceremony of the Prime Minister Modi on Thursday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
In a bilateral meeting today, President Sirisena congratulated the Prime Minister on the re-assumption of Office following the resounding victory of his Party in the recently-held General Elections and reiterated his desire to work together to strengthen relations between the two countries for peace, prosperity and security in the region.
Prime Minister Modi warmly thanked President Sirisena for his gesture of attending the Ceremony and also for his good wishes. He conveyed his government’s continued commitment to further foster friendly bilateral ties with Sri Lanka, the Prime Minister's Office said.
The leaders noted that terrorism and extremism continue to pose threat to humanity and committed to closer bilateral cooperation for peace and security in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region.
Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, President Sirisena expressing happiness over PM Modi's victory, said Prime Minister Modi will visit Sri Lanka in early June and his visit will be very important to Sri Lankan people.
"It is with great pleasure that I participated in the swearing-in ceremony. We convey our best wishes to the people of India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi," the President said.
"Prime Minister Modi's visit is very important to us, we are neighbors and friends, and this relationship between India & Sri Lanka dates back over 2600 years," he said. "We're eagerly waiting for his arrival; it's a great honor for the people of Sri Lanka."
Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to travel to Maldives for his bilateral visit between June 7 and June 9. He is likely to make a stopover in Colombo while returning from his trip to Male, according to Economic Times.