Colombo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed the Indian Community at India House in Colombo. “I am happy to share that the Indian community overseas and the Government of India are on the same page when it comes to several issues,” he said.Also Read - Sri Lanka Economic Crisis: Defence Ministry Issues Shoot-On-Sight Orders To Quell Rising Protests

Earlier in the day, he had paid tribute to the victims of Easter terror attacks, at St Anthony’s Church. Also Read - One Dead, Several Others Injured as Sri Lankan Police Opens Fire At Anti-Govt Protesters

After the tribute, PM Modi was accorded ceremonial welcome at Presidential Secretariat where Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena was also present.”I am confident Sri Lanka will rise again. Cowardly acts of terror cannot defeat the spirit of Sri Lanka. India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka,” he tweeted. Also Read - Sri Lanka Crisis: 5 Ways In Which India Is Helping Colombo To Fight Economic Meltdown

Here are the updates:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves from Colombo for India after concluding his two-nation visit to Sri Lanka and Maldives. Sri Lanka PM Ranil Wickremesinghe accompanied him to the airport.

  • “Today India’s position in the world is getting stronger and a large part of that credit goes to Indian diaspora. Wherever I go, am told about the successes and accomplishments of the Indian diaspora,” says PM Modi.
  • PM Narendra Modi addresses the Indian community at India House in Colombo.
  • In Colombo, the Prime Minister also called upon Sri Lankan Leader of Opposition and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) delegation.
  • PM Modi meets Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena and signed visitors’ book at Presidential Secretariat.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi plants a sapling at Presidential Secretariat

The Prime Minister said that he was happy to be back in Sri Lanka for his third visit to the beautiful island in four years.

“Share the warmth shown by the people of SL in equal measure. India never forgets her friends when they are in need. Deeply touched by the ceremonial welcome,” he said.

PM Modi had said that his visit to Sri Lanka is to express India’s solidarity with the Government and the people of Sri Lanka in the wake of the terrible terrorist attacks there last Easter on April 21, 2019.

Earlier, Prime Minister on his first bilateral state visit, after assuming office for the second term, went to the Maldives where he was conferred upon country’s highest honour accorded to foreign dignitaries – ‘The Most Honourable Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen’.