Modi Makes No Mention of Chandrababu in His AP Visit

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The first Memorandum of Understanding was for cooperation in the fields of hydrography. Another was on health

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday planted a sapling of an evergreen Ashoka tree at the President's House here along with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. President Sirisena terms PM's visit highly productive. says it dmonstrates that PM Modi is a true friend of Sri Lanka. "Cowardly acts of terror can not defeat the spirit of Sri Lanka", Modi later tweeted.

"My heart goes out to the families of the victims and the injured", Modi added.

The Indian premier was set to discuss the issue of terrorism with the authorities in Sri Lanka, where several terrorist attacks on churches and hotels killed over 240 people in April.

Even as he wound up his "solidarity visit", Mr. Modi tweeted that he had a "short but immensely fruitful" visit to the island.

But India has been able to assert itself in both Sri Lanka and the Maldives in the past few months.

In a joint statement, the two leaders reiterated their strong commitment to further strengthening and invigorating the traditionally strong and friendly relations between India and the Maldives.

His brief but politically significant visit to the two neighbours came less than 10 days after Modi secured a second landslide election win and as New Delhi seeks to fend off Chinese influence in the region.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Saturday that India will contribute to the conservation of one of the Maldives' oldest and iconic Friday Mosque, a historic landmark made up of coral stones.

PM Modi became the first Prime Minister of India to visit Sri Lanka after a gap of 28 years, with his historic visit to the island in March 2015.

Modi, who reached the temple-town of Tirupati from Colombo at the end of a two-day two-nation visit, addressed a thanks-giving public meeting organized by the Andhra Pradesh BJP at Renigunta.

Yameen's election loss last September, however, has seen new leader President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih swing back towards India.

Sri Lanka, unable to repay a huge Chinese loan, handed over another deep-sea port in the south of the island to a Beijing company in December 2017 in a deal that raised concerns at home and overseas.

Modi also vowed to assist the Maldives in its fight against climate change and terrorism. Two good occasions beckoned the country in the near future, Modi pointed out, referring to the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in October 2019 and the 75th anniversary of the nation's Independence in 2022.

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