Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Srilanka today. He will be there for 2 days and during his visit, he will participate in the International Vesak Day celebrations, the biggest festival of Buddhists where he will attend the lamp lighting ceremony at Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple in Colombo. PM will also be inaugurating an hospital, 150-bed multi-specialty hospital at Dikoya which is being built with Indian assistance and is also expected to meet Srilankan Tamils apart from visiting hilly regions.
The Prime Minister has few more activities lined up during his visit. Prior to leaving to Srilanka, Modi posted on his official facebook page “This will be my second bilateral visit there in two years, a sign of our strong relationship,” “During my visit, I will join the International Vesak Day celebrations in Colombo on 12th May, where I will interact with leading Buddhist spiritual leaders, scholars and theologians,” Modi wrote.
He continued further saying “My visit brings to the fore one of the most abiding links between India and Sri Lanka – the shared heritage of Buddhism”.It would be an honour to join the celebrations with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, he said.
He toured Srilanka in 2015. The visit this time will be apolitical.