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Indian PM Modi to embark on two-day Sri Lanka visit on May 11

STORY: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a two-day Sri Lanka visit starting May11, foreign ministry said on Wednesday (May 10).

Indian Ocean Region joint secretary Sanjay Panda said the prime minister would participate as the chief guest at the 14th International Vesak Day celebrations in Colombo during his visit.

This will be Modi’s second visit to Sri Lanka. He had earlier visited the island nation in March 2015.

Vesask marks the birth, enlightenment and the passing of the Buddha. It was officially recognized by the United Nations in 1999. Sri Lanka had played an essential role in the recognition of this day, and India too had supported its neighbouring country in the initiative.

Sri Lanka is hosting the event for the first time. Several political as well as religious leaders from around the globe are expected to become part of the festivities in Colombo.

According to the foreign ministry, Modi will address a Buddhist conference in Colombo and visit the hilly regions of the country, famous for Ceylon tea production, during his visit.

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