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Former President Rajapaksa calls on Indian Prime Minister Modi

(UDHAYAM, COLOMBO) – Sri Lanka’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday night called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and praised bilateral cooperation over the years, Indian media reported.

Mr Rajapaksa hinted at a cordial meeting through his official Twitter handle, saying he was happy to see the Indian PM for International Vesak Day Celebrations.

“Rajapaksa’s talks with Modi was a very cordial discussion and he was happy with India-Lanka cooperation over the years,” Indian high commissioner Taranjith Singh Sandhu was quoted as telling media

Modi met Rajapaksa at the latter’s request, the high commissioner said. Earlier, Rajapaksa claimed that India and Sri Lanka may have signed deals on economic cooperation before Prime Minister Modi’s visit.

So the Indian Prime Minister’s arrival or non- arrival would be immaterial,” Rajapaksa was quoted as telling reporters in Kandy, hours before Modi touched down in Colombo.

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