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PM Modi departs from Sri Lanka

13 Mai 2017

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that Sri Lanka's free emergency ambulance service, which is funded by the Indian government and now in operation in just two provinces, will be extended to all other provinces.

India has expressed concern over the previous Mahinda Rajapaksa's government for permitting a Chinese submarine in Colombo harbour in 2014. Tea diplomacy Modi flew to the island's tea growing central district of Nuwara Eliya on Friday to open an India-gifted hospital and address tens of thousands of plantation workers of Indian origin. Our leader Mr. Stalin has requested, rather demanded, the Prime Minister to use this visit and talk about the issues which are plaguing both the countries.

Modi will then arrive at the President's Palace for a lunch hosted by the Sri Lankan President.

Rajapaksa has been backing hardline Sinhala-Buddhist elements, who completely oppose India's diplomatic and trade interests in Sri Lanka. Further, Sri Lanka Navy Hydrographic Service expects to publish this information through new national series paper charts and electronic navigation charts in the coming months.

The prime minister lit a lamp - a traditional practice - initiating the UN "Vesak Day" celebrations, which commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Buddha. Praising the hard work of the plantation Tamils, he said Ceylon tea is famous the world over but it is less known that the sweat and toil of the Tamils are behind it. Sri Lanka is the third largest exporter of tea globally and earns $1.5 billion as foreign exchange for the country.

Modi said the health and well being of the people of Sri Lanka "is a shared priority".

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"India's development cooperation with Sri Lanka amounts to United States dollars 2.6 billion and its aim is to support Sri lanka in realizing peaceful, prosperous and secure future for its people", said Prime Minister Modi. He promised another 10,000 houses in addition to the 4,000 that India is now funding for ethnic Tamil plantation workers who are among the poorest in the country of 21mn.

Prime Minister Modi assured Tamils that the government and people of India are with them in their journey towards peace and greater prosperity. It is a Buddhist temple and is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which is said to house the relic of the tooth of Lord Buddha.

Prime Minister's two-day Sri Lanka visit starts from today, confirmed the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday. Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe is also seen.

The temple's chief monk received the two leaders.

After dedicating a 150-bed hospital constructed with Indian aid, he said he is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit "this attractive region".