PM Modi meets former Lankan president Rajapaksa
Posted on May 11th, 2017

Courtesy ANI

Colombo [Sri Lanka], May 12 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa here, in an unscheduled meeting.

Indian High Commisioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu told reporters, while briefing them about the Prime Minister’s itinerary over the day, that the meeting was held at Rajapaksa’s request.

The meeting comes days after Rajapaksa called for a black flag protest around Prime Minister Modi’s visit.

Rajapaksa had earlier accused Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena of compromising the country’s sovereignty and declared that black flags would be shown to the visiting Prime Minister.

In a recent media interview, however, Rajapaksa said that he admired Prime Minister Modi, years after blaming India for his defeat in the January 2015 Presidential polls.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi also met his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe and discussed various issues that concern with the growing cooperation between the two countries.

Prime Minister Modi also met President Sirisena.

Sanjay Panda, MEA, said there were no MoUs signed between the two neighbouring nations on the opening day of Prime Minister Modi’s visit and the focus of the discussions was Buddhism, promotion of tourism, and enhancing the connectivity between the two nations.

“The visit assumes importance because of our common Buddhist heritage that spans over centuries,” Panda added, while briefing the media about Prime Minister Modi’s itinerary over the day.

“Space cooperation also featured in the discussions and India assured Sri Lanka of her help,” Panda added. (ANI)

6 Responses to “PM Modi meets former Lankan president Rajapaksa”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    “common Buddhist heritage”?

    I thought Endia is a HINDU country.

    SL has common Buddhist heritage with CHINA.

  2. Vaisrawana Says:

    This news item has been posted on this website on 11 May, 2017. It is courtesy ‘ANI’. So the original had to be published even before it was posted here. But it reports on something that should be happening today, 12 May, 2017! This is anti-Mahinda propaganda of the most stupid kind. Whether Mahinda will or will not meet with Modi is still not known to me (I depend on the media about this). Either way, he will make the right choice. The vast majority of Sri Lankans love and trust Mahinda.

    “The meeting comes days after Rajapaksa called for a black flag protest around Prime Minister Modi’s visit.” Absolute BALDERDASH! Mahinda did no such thing. It was Wimal Weerawansa, NFF leader, released from 87 days of incarceration on trumped up charges by a vindictive government just a few days back, who suggested that black flags be raised when Modi comes to Sri Lanka because he says that (it is well known that what he says is true) Indians are interfering in the internal affairs of our country. Wimal is not against his visit or against the International Vesak Day celebrations due to be held here. But Mahinda did not say anything about Wimal’s idea. Mahinda has told reporters, when questioned about this black flag report, that Wimal’s words have been misinterpreted. Mahinda is not a slimy character like Modi or his other many detractors, including this ANI reporter.

    It is strongly suspected that a number of MoUs between SL and India have already been surreptitiously signed between Modi and Ranil SL pm and that these are detrimental to Sri Lanka. Traitorous Ranil and his captive scarecrow prez Maithree are effectively dismantling the vibrant nation that Mahinda set on the path of peace and development in 2009 after defeating the Tamil separatist terrorism that India had sponsored and nurtured with the help of the West.

    This visit of Modi will only set up a roadblock in the way to communal harmony and national normalisation (after civil conflict) and economic development. The ‘connectivity’ between SL and India is being strained, rather than strengthened by the Modi visit. However, Mahinda will do nothing to inconvenience Modi; instead, he is statesman enough to see the statesman in Modi (There is no doubt in our minds that Modi is a very capable patriotic Indian statesman on par with Mahinda who is currently the only patriotic Sri Lankan statesman we have). Hail Mahinda! Hail Modi!

  3. Lorenzo Says:

    WW called for BLACK FLAGS on MR’s stage. If MR disagreed, he should have said so at that time.

    You can’t run with the rabbits and hunt with the foxes!

    MR was with WW on May 1. Just 10 days later he is with Modi!!

    What this does is it puts WW in a corner and MR is the darling of Modi. Some people have forgotten why Modi is in SL. Modi is in SL to create TAMIL ELAM step by step by taking over STRATEGIC AASETS in Trinco.

    IF Modi visit happened BEFORE May Day, JO May Day would have been the SMALLEST!

  4. Vaisrawana Says:

    But, Lorenzo, you can’t be serious? Do you believe a news report like this? The correspondent reports on something before it happens. Look at the dates. Probably, he was going to publish the lie that he imagined (out of his mischievous intentions), late on the 12th or the following day; but by some mistake, it got published accidentally on the 11th or before, betraying his criminal falsehoods. The other things you say are your opinions. If what you say last in your comment is correct, the Modi visit is sure to put a full stop to JO’s march, for it will diminish the latter’s popularity as you think.

  5. Vaisrawana Says:

    Oh, sorry Lorenzo and my other colleagues on this site, who read my comments above. It was stupid of me to have missed the point that the meeting between Modi and MR had taken place late Thursday 11th May. Anyway, the ANI report must have been filed early Friday morning (i.e. today, 12th) or immediately after that meeting which ended at 11:45 according to an Ada Derana news report datelined May 12, which says: “Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Colombo, in an unscheduled meeting.” I, for one, am happy that such a meeting took place between the two leaders. Gota’s presence, along with GL Peiris is also not a surprise. I came across the Ada Derana report after I made the above entries. Apologies again to my web mates.

  6. Ananda-USA Says:

    Wimal Weerawansa called for BLACK FLAGS because Modi was coming to Sri Lanka not just to celebrate the International Vrsak Day, but also to sign various collaborative agreements with the GOSL.

    I support the raising of BLACK FLAGS against Modi’s visit too, because of these agreements, but not against the International Vrsak Day celebrations.

    The Yamapalanaya KALLIYA planned Modi’s visit to coincide with Vesak DELIBERATELY to AVOID PUBLIC PROTESTS against it, by confusing the issue. Can you put any faith in the words if the GREAT CENTRAL BANK ROBBERS who are getting away with that grand theft SCOT-FREE while the ILLUSTRIOUS BUDDHIST President Aiyooo Sitisena spouts Buddhist homilies to placate the citizens?

    Despite Aiyooo Sirisena’s DENIALS that other AGREEMENTS would be signed, I think that Wimal and those of us who OPPOSE INCREASED Indian involvement in Sri Lanka and FEAR the adverse effects of these agreements with India are CORRECT: AGREEMENTS with India will be signed and/or agreements will be FINALISED during this visit to Sri Lanja by Modi! All of those trips to India by the PARA-GATHI AGA-MATHI attempting to hoist foreign yokes upon our heads were for NOTHING; they were to PREPARE the GROUND for Modi’s visit and the SIGNING of these documents.

    ALL of what REALLY HAPPENS DURING THIS VISIT by Modi will be revealed in due course, when the AGREEMENTS are fait-accompli and DIFFICULT to REPEAL, just like the 13A!

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