Prime Minister Narendra Modi has concluded his two-day visit to Sri Lanka today. He participated in the International Vesak Day celebrations and addresses Sri Lankans In Dickoya, the biggest festival of Buddhists. He also joined celebrations along with the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. He inaugurated the Dickoya Hospital that has been built with Indian’s assistance and visited Sri Lanka’s Sri Dalada Maligawa Temple.
He also addressed Indian-origin Tamils against the backdrop of India’s insistence that Sri Lanka should undertake devolution of power to the ethnic community as part of the reconciliation process. Yesterday, he visited the Seema Malaka at the Gangaramayya temple where he took part in the traditional lamp-lighting ceremony. This is PM Narendra Modi’s second bilateral visit to Sri Lanka in two years. His visit is aimed toward reinforcing the traditional connect between India and Sri Lanka at a time when China is seeking to make inroads in the island nation.