PM Modi pays tribute to Easter bombing victims, says terror can't defeat Sri Lanka's spirit
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid his tribute to the victims of the Easter Sunday suicide bombings, saying "cowardly acts of terror cannot defeat the spirit of Sri Lanka".
Colombo, June 9: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid his tribute to the victims of the Easter Sunday suicide bombings, saying "cowardly acts of terror cannot defeat the spirit of Sri Lanka".
"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," the Prime Minister tweeted at the start of his one-day visit to the island nation.
Modi, who arrived from the Maldives, began his packed Sri Lanka visit by going to one of the sites of the horrific Easter Sunday attack, the St Anthony's shrine.
"My heart goes out to the families of the victims and the injured."
Suicide bombers who Colombo said were from a Sri Lankan Islamist group detonated themselves at three churches and in three luxury hotels as well as two other sites on April 21, killing over 250 people and injuring many more.
Modi was given a ceremonial welcome on his arrival at the airport and received by his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe.
"Happy to be back in Sri Lanka, my third visit to this beautiful island in four years," Modi tweeted.
"Share the warmth shown by the people of Sri Lanka in equal measure. India never forgets her friends when they are in need. Deeply touched by the ceremonial welcome."
In his first overseas trip after his re-election, the Prime Minister visited the Maldives on Saturday at the invitation of Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
President Maithripala Sirisena invited him to Sri Lanka.
Modi is scheduled to hold talks with Sirisena. Later, the Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapakse, a former President, and a delegation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will call on the Indian leader.
Modi is the first foreign leader to visit Sri Lanka after the devastating suicide bombings of Easter Sunday in April that killed over 250 people.
Before returning to New Delhi, Modi will offer prayers at the Tirupati shrine.
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