Feb 07, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived to a warm welcome in New Delhi on Friday on a five-day official visit.
Sanjay Dhotre, Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology received the Prime Minister at the Indira Gandhi International Airport Friday night.
Prime Minister’s visit on an invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is his first overseas visit since assuming office in November last year.
A special reception for the Prime Minister will be held tomorrow at the Indian President’s official residence Rashtrapati Bhavan.
During his visit, Prime Minister Rajapaksa will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to explore ways to further boost bilateral ties.
Reportedly, a host of issues, including fulfilling the aspirations of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka, the situation in the Indian Ocean Region and ways to boost defense and trade ties, are expected to be discussed during the meeting between the two prime ministers.
“Looking forward to building new avenues of cooperation with this visit & strengthening the already existing ties between our nations,” PM Rajapaksa tweeted before his departure Friday.
Meanwhile, former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi met the Sri Lankan Prime Minister on Friday and discussed a host of issues, ANI reported.
After his official engagement in Delhi, the Premier will travel to Varanasi, Saranath, Bodh Gaya and Tirupati before returning to Sri Lanka.