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‘India's economic growth will help neighbours too’

Modi says India would like to see Sri Lanka as 'an economically prosperous' country

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Publish Date: Jun 18 2016 2:20PM | Updated Date: Jun 18 2016 2:20PM

‘India's economic growth will help neighbours too’

 India's economic growth will not be limited to bringing about development only in the country but it must also drive and bring benefit to its neighbours like Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday.

In his video address during the joint inauguration of Durraiappah Stadium in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, Modi said, "India strongly believes that its economic growth must drive and bring benefit to its neighbours. Durraiappah Stadium embodies the spirit of our cooperation. Indeed, India's support for Sri Lanka's development is a promise of our friendship."
Modi said the stadium was not just brick and mortar but a symbol of optimism and economic development. 
Duraiappah Stadium, named in honour of a former mayor of Jaffna, the late Alfred Thambirajah Duraiappah, has been renovated by the Indian government at a cost of over Rs 7 crore ($1 million). Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena was present in the stadium at Jaffna for the inauguration.
Modi said India would like to see Sri Lanka as "an economically prosperous" country. 
"A Sri Lanka where -- unity and integrity; peace, harmony and security; and equal opportunity and dignity prevails throughout the country among all its people," he said. 
He added that New Delhi's assistance to Colombo will be based on the "priorities" drawn by the Sri Lankan Government and the cordial ties between two countries should not be "limited to the confines of our two governments" only. 
"They (cordial relationship) reside in the rich contacts of our history, culture, language, art, and geography," he said.
The renovated stadium has a seating capacity of 1,850. It will provide the necessary infrastructure to promote sports and recreational activities, and assist the overall development of the youth of the northern province in Sri Lanka.