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Happy to be back, says PM Modi on arrival in Sri Lanka

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arrived here on Sunday for a short stay on his way en route from the

was received at the in Colombo by his Sri Lankan counterpart

"Happy to be back in Sri Lanka, my third visit to this beautiful island in four years. Share the warmth shown by the people of SL in equal measure," tweeted upon his arrival here.

became the first foreign leader to visit the island nation after the terror bombings that killed over 250 people, including 11 Indians, on April 21.

This is his third visit to the island nation. Earlier, he visited the country in 2015 and 2017.

"never forgets her friends when they are in need. Deeply touched by the ceremonial welcome," he added.

is further scheduled to receive an official welcome at President's Secretariat here. He will also plant saplings at the President's House and meet in the afternoon.

Later, the Prime Minister will meet several dignitaries.

Modi's stopover in has been viewed as India's humane approach towards the people of island-nation after the Sunday blasts and a part of India's 'Neighbourhood First' policy.

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First Published: Sun, June 09 2019. 12:03 IST