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Terrorism is joint threat, say India, Sri Lanka

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at St. Anthony’s Church, in Colombo, Sri Lanka on June 9, 2019. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is also seen.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at St. Anthony’s Church, in Colombo, Sri Lanka on June 9, 2019. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is also seen.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday agreed that terrorism was a joint threat that needed collective and focussed action.
 
Modi tweeted this after holding bilateral talks with Sirisena, shortly after arriving here from the Maldives.
 
Modi pointed out that was his second meeting with Sirisena in 10 days.
 
"President Sirisena and I agreed that terrorism is a joint threat that needs collective and focussed action," the Indian leader said.
 
"Reiterated India's commitment to partner with Sri Lanka for a shared, secure and prosperous future."
 
Modi earlier visited one of the eight sites that was hit by suicide bombers in Sri Lanka on April 21 killing more than 250 people.
 
Paying tributes to the victims of the horrific Easter Sunday suicide bombings, he said "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," Modi tweeted as he began a packed one-day visit to the island nation.
 
Modi, who arrived here from the Maldives and was ceremonially received by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, began his Sri Lanka visit by going to one of the sites of the Easter Sunday attack, the St Anthony's church. 
 
"My heart goes out to the families of the victims and the injured."
 
Modi is the first foreign leader to visit Sri Lanka after that attack, which was blamed by Colombo on a Sri Lankan Islamist outfit although the mayhem was claimed by the Islamic State.
 
The Indian Prime Minister's Office described Modi's visit as "important, signifying the strong bonds of friendship with a valued neighbour".
 
On his part, Modi tweeted after his welcome ceremony: "Happy to be back in Sri Lanka, my third visit to this beautiful island in four years.
 
"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."
 
After becoming Prime Minister, Modi earlier visited Sri Lanka in March 2015 and May 2017.
 
In his first overseas trip after his re-election now, Modi visited the Maldives on Saturday at the invitation of Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
 
His next halt was Sri Lanka at the invitation of Sirisena.
 
The Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapakse, a former President, and a delegation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), were also scheduled to call on the Indian leader.
 
India is Sri Lanka's largest trading partner globally, and it also accounts for the largest FDI in the island nation.
 
Later, Modi emplaned for India and was expected to pray at the Tirupati temple in Andhra Pradesh before returning to New Delhi.
 
IANS
 
 

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