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PM Modi meets Sri Lankan Oppn leader Mahinda Rajapaksa

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met the incumbent Sri Lankan of Opposition and former President, Rajapaksa, during his official visit to the nation on Sunday.

Before the meeting, he had discussed issues of "mutual interest" with Sri Lankan during a bilateral meeting at the President's Secretariat. He also signed the visitor's book at the Secretariat in Sirisena's presence.

"Reinforcing partnership. PM @narendramodi and of @MaithripalaS discussed bilateral issues of mutual interest. A banquet was hosted in honour of PM by @MaithripalaS #Neighbourhoodfirst," tweeted.

Sirisena was amongst the BIMSTEC leaders who had attended Modi's swearing-in ceremony in on May 30. The two leaders had also held a bilateral the following day.

Showing India's solidarity with Sri Lanka, Modi is the first to visit the country after the devastating terror attacks, which killed over 250 people and left scores wounded.

The also paid his respects at the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade, which was amongst the eight locations targetted by terrorists during the terror attacks on April 21.

The visit is the second-leg of Modi's first overseas bilateral engagement after being sworn-in as the for the second consecutive term, the firts was the This shows the importance attaches to its 'Neighbourhood First' Policy.

He is now slated to interact with the Indian community in Colombo, before departing for

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First Published: Sun, June 09 2019. 14:49 IST