Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi will be attending the opening ceremony of the new Dikoya Base Hospital on May 12, during his visit to Sri Lanka for the UN Vesak Day celebrations, State Minister of Education, V. Radhakrishnan says.
He stated this after a special discussion about Modi’s arrival in the hill country, held at the Norwood Ground yesterday (20).
The Minister of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development, Palani Digambaram, security personnel in the area, state officials and a delegation from India were also present at this occasion.
The new hospital complex of Dikoya, Hatton was built with donations from the Government of India.
Ministers Palani and Radhakrishnan stated that Modi would be attending a special gathering of the plantation community at the Norwood Ground, after declaring the Dikoya Base Hospital open.
President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and many other ministers will also be attending this public gathering, sources reveal.
During the Prime Minister’s visit, it is expected that India will take up the fishermen issue and China’s growing influence in the island with Sri Lanka, according to a PTI report.
Prime Minister Modi’s visit will come after his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe’s arrival to India on April 25. Wickremesinghe will be on a five-day visit during which he will hold talks with Prime Minister Modi to further expand ties in a range of areas and find a solution to the vexed fishermen issue.
“The Prime Minister will have a luncheon meeting with Ranil Wickremesinghe on April 26,” India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.