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PM Modi reaches Sri Lanka, plants Ashoka sapling at Sirisena's house

PM Modi reaches Sri Lanka, plants Ashoka sapling at Sirisena's house

On Saturday, the two countries agreed to start a regular passenger-cum-cargo ferry service between Kochi in Kerala and Kulhudhuffushi and Male in the Maldives.

Mr. Wickremesinghe, tweeting on Mr.Modi's visit, said he looked forward to holding discussions including on increasing multi-lateral investment projects and collaboration in counter-terror actions.

PM Modi was the first foreign leader to visit the terror-hit nation. The visit is further aimed at cementing ties with the Indian Ocean archipelago.

The island's northern waterfront was closed to traffic and decorated with welcome banners and the national flags of both countries. They also wonder what can Modi do.

PM Modi also announced that India will contribute to the conservation of Maldives' Friday Mosque also known as Hukuru Miskiy. "Then we can make a New India", Modi said. The mosque is built using Coral in Addu. Observing that winning elections was the aim only in the electoral battlefield, the Prime Minister said winning people's hearts should be the constant endeavor, "all 365 days a year".

Modi in his previous two visits to Andhra Pradesh as a part of BJP's campaign made severe criticism on Chandrababu Naidu and Lokesh.

"State sponsorship of terrorism is the biggest threat today. It is important for the world community to come together to fight the challenge of terrorism and radicalization".

India is pursuing what it calls a "neighborhood first" foreign policy centered on its allies in South Asia, although there is little sign of a warming in relations with arch rival Pakistan. From time immemorial, blue waters have washed our shores. They also made a decision to work on other projects in the pipeline including in sectors such as port development, health, agriculture, fisheries, tourism and energy.

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Modi addressed a thanks-giving public meeting organized by the Andhra Pradesh BJP at Renigunta near here.

The Prime Minister said, "By issuing RuPay Card in Maldives, there will be an increase in the number of Indian tourists in Maldives". "They give us a chance to recall the sacrifices of the freedom fighters and take a pledge for doing something for the country", he said.

Modi's trip has been given the status of a state visit, signalling the importance Male attaches to its relationship with New Delhi.

India is committed to help the Maldives in every way possible, he added. "May the friendship between India and Maldives last forever". In the last five years, people have seen a government that is exclusively committed to the welfare of Bharat Mata.

During his Sri Lanka visit, Modi also planted an Ashoka tree sapling at the residence of President Maithripala Sirisena. "I see it as a guarantee for a brighter India", the Prime Minister observed. "India views the Maldives as a valued partner with whom we share deep bonds of history and culture".

After the talks, Prime Minister Modi said that the focus of the various projects that India is undertaking in the Maldives is to touch the lives of people.

Later, Modi was accorded a ceremonial reception at the President's House.


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