President Rajapaksa returns from India

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –President Gotabaya Rajapaksa returned from India after his first official overseas visit as President.

During his visit he had talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as the President, Foreign Minister and others.

President Rajapaksa also visited the Sri Lankan High Commission office in New Delhi.

He discussed with officials the importance of performing diplomatic functions in order to enhance cooperation between the two countries.

The meeting was attended by the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in India Austin Fernando and the High Commission staff.

The President also met the Chairman of the Mahabodhi Society and the Chief Incumbent of Sanchi Chethiyagiri Vihara Ven. Banagala Upatissa Thero.

The current status of the Sanchi Chethiyagiri Vihara and its future development work was discussed and the Thero stressed the need to display information about the Vihara in Sinhala for the benefit of pilgrims.

The Thero also expressed views on measures taken to construct a training center for the Indian novice monks.

A meeting between President Rajapaksa and National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Ram Madhav was also held.

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