In his first foreign tour after getting elected to the office, Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa Gotabaya arrived in New Delhi on Thursday evening on his three-day visit to strengthen bilateral ties with India. After Gotabaya getting elected to the office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called up to congratulate him on his electoral win and invited him to visit India.
On this invitation, Gotabaya Rajapaksa is undertaking a state visit to India from 29-30 November, 2019. President Rajapaksa and his delegation were received by India’s State Transport and Highways minister Dr. V.K S Singh.at the Indira Gandhi International airport. He was welcomed with a colourful cultural event.
This is Rajapaksa’s first visit to India. It is also his first visit to any foreign country since he had assumed his office. He will be accorded a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan and is likely to pay a visit to Rajghat.
After the reception, Rajapaksa will meet Prime Minister Modi at the Hyderabad House for bilateral talks. Prior to meeting with PM Modi, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind will host a ceremonial reception for his Sri Lankan counterpart at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Following their meetings, both the leaders will brief the media in a joint press conference.
The visit comes in an important background when China has increased its investment in the island nation to further strengthen its ties. The Indian Government will like to sustain bilateral talks with Sri Lanka to make up for the ground lost to China.
Gotabaya’s high-level delegation includes Dr. P.B. Jayasundara, Secretary to the President, Ravinath Aryasinghe, Secretary, Ministry of Foreign of affairs, S. Atygala, Secretary of the Treasury, Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Honorary advisor to the President and Mr. Sugeeshwara Bandara, Personal Secretary to the President.