PM Modi departs for Sri Lanka

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Port Louis (Mauritius), Mar. 13: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday concluded the second leg of his five-day, three nation tour of the Indian Ocean island nations, departing for Sri Lanka.

According to reports, Mauritius Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth came to the airport to see off Prime Minister Modi.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi addressed the National Assembly of Mauritius, stating that the island nation stands out as a ‘bright beacon of democracy’. He also commissioned the coast ship Barracuda, saying that the vessel will make the Indian Ocean safer and more secure.

He also participated in the Mauritius National Day celebrations, after being invited as the chief guest of the ceremony.

During his visit of the republic, Prime Minister Modi also paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at the latter’s statue at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute in Port Louis.

He also offered ‘Gangajal’ and prayed at the Ganga Talao, which is considered one of the most sacred Hindu places in Mauritius. He was assisted by priests at the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Prime Minister Modi had begun his tour with a successful trip of Seychelles. During his visit, he held discussions on enhanced cooperation in maritime security, anti-piracy measures and renewable energy with Seychelles President James Michel. He also unveiled the coastal surveillance radar system in Victoria, which will enable the island nation to secure its maritime territory.

Prime Minister Modi also secured the leasing of Assumption Island, one of the 115 islands that constitute the Seychelles . On paper, the island will be leased for ‘island development’ for tourism purposes, but in actuality, it could be put to use as a listening and surveillance post for India.

The Prime Minister also visited the Sree Navasakthi Vinayagar Kovil (Temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh), took part in a civic reception organized by the expatriate Indian community, unveiled a plaque and operationalised a coastal surveillance radar system at the Ma Josephine Mahe and attended a lunch hosted by President Michel.

India and Sri Lanka are expected to sign multiple agreements during the Prime Minister’s two-day visit to the Democratic Socialist Republic, including those on security, agriculture and infrastructure, sources state.

The first Indian prime minister to visit the island nation since 1987, Prime Minister Modi will also hold bilateral discussions with Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena.

(ANI)

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