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Sri Lankan PM arrives in India on three-day visit

Wickremensinghe is slated to hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Modi on Wednesday

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Publish Date: Oct 4 2016 12:58PM | Updated Date: Oct 4 2016 12:58PM

Sri Lankan PM arrives in India on three-day visit

 Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday on a three-day official visit to India.

 
"Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe arrives in New Delhi; he will hold talks with top leaders including PM Narendra Modi," state broadcaster Doordarshan tweeted. 
 
Wickremensinghe is slated to hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Modi on Wednesday, as per the External Affairs Ministry.
 
His visit comes on the backdrop of India and other South Asian countries apart from Sri Lanka boycotted the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit that was scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November.
 
India was the first country to boycott the summit after the Uri terror attack on September 18 on an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir claimed the lives of 19 soldiers.
 
After India's move, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan also followed suit, isolating Pakistan in the region.
 
Sri Lanka has not pulled out but said that the summit would not be possible without the presence of India.
 
On Wednesday, the Sri Lankan prime minister  will also meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Road Transport and Highways & Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari, and Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan.