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India gives priority to Lanka, pledges $15 million assistance for Buddhist ties

India And Lanka Buddhist ties

On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India has and will always give priority to Sri Lanka according to its Neighbourhood First Policy and Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) doctrine. At the virtual bilateral summit, talking with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, PM Narendra Modi emphasized that relations between both the countries India and Sri Lanka are not new but thousands of years old.

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PM Modi congratulated Sri Lanka PM for being elected

Along with thanking the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated to be elected as the Sri Lankan Prime Minister.

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In the new update Prime Minister Narendra  Modi has announced a great assistance of $15 million for the cause of the promotion of Buddhist ties between both the countries. India will initiate the visit from Sri Lanka of a delegation of Buddhist pilgrims in the first inaugural flight to Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh.

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In the meeting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said that he  expresses his  gratitude for the way in India is working for other countries during the Covid-19 global pandemic and also added that the operation to blow off the fire on MT New Diamond ship by the help of Indian Navy has provided an additional  opportunity for greater cooperation between India and Sri Lanka.

This type of  summit first one for PM Modi having with a neighbouring country

The virtual bilateral summit was PM Narendra Modi’s first such event with a neighbouring country. This meeting also accounted for the first virtual summit of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa after getting elected as Sri Lankan Prime Minister.

After the commencement of the meeting , the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in their statement said, “Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa made a special mention of the Jaffna Cultural Centre, an iconic project built with Indian assistance. The Centre is almost ready and PM Rajapaksa extended an invitation to PM Modi to inaugurate the project.”

 

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