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Sri Lanka a 'friend', Modi says after arriving from the Maldives (2nd Lead)

IANS  |  Colombo 

Indian Modi arrived here on Sunday from the as a part of a visit to further strengthen New Delhi's ties with the island nation which he described as a "friend".

Modi was given a ceremonial welcome on his arrival at the airport and received by his Sri Lankan counterpart

"Happy to be back in Sri Lanka, my third visit to this beautiful island in four years," Modi tweeted.

"Share the warmth shown by the people of in equal measure. never forgets her friends when they are in need. Deeply touched by the ceremonial welcome."

In his first overseas trip after his re-election, the visited the on Saturday at the invitation of Maldivian

invited him to

Modi is scheduled to hold talks with Sirisena. Later, the of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapakse, a former President, and a delegation of the will call on the Indian

Modi is the first foreign to visit after the devastating suicide bombings of in April that killed over 250 people.

Before returning to New Delhi, Modi will offer prayers at the

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First Published: Sun, June 09 2019. 12:34 IST
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