GOTABAYA IN DELHI … Sri Lankan president arrives in India on his first visit abroad after taking charge

NEWS GOTABAYA DELHI
NEW DELHI: Signifying a change in the attitude of the Rajapaksas towards India, new Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa has landed in India on Thursday in his first official visit abroad after taking over as head of the nation a week ago. His India visit is at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, on a two-day visit, is accompanied by his secretary PB Jayasundera and adviser to PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, Lalith Weeratunga. The Sri Lankan leader would discuss bilateral issues with Prime Minister Modi and call on President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan. He was received at the airport by Union minister VK Singh.

India sought to seize the moment after Gotabaya’s electoral win on November 17. Two days later, Indian external affairs minister S Jaishankar reached Colombo with a letter from PM Modi, congratulating the new president-elect. The Rajapaksas were, in the past, more comfortable with China and Pakistan in the matter of bilateral relations, which had irked India. IHN-NN

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