Lankan president’s visit to further strengthen ties: India

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New Delhi, May 12 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s two-day visit to India from Friday will further cement bilateral relations, the external affairs ministry said on Thursday.

“We are confident that his visit will contribute to further strengthening the close and cooperative relations between India and Sri Lanka,” MEA spokesperson Vikas Swaroop said in a release here.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host a dinner in Sirisena’s honour here on Friday.

Sirisena is scheduled to address the valedictory session at the ‘Vaicharik Mahakumbh’ being held as part of the ‘Simhastha Mahakumbh’ in Ujjain in Madhaya Pradesh on Saturday.

He will also go to Sanchi for a visit to the Sanchi Stupa and attend a function by the Mahabodhi Society of Sri Lanka, during which he will unveil a statue of Angarika Dharmapala, the release said.

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