PM Narendra Modi’s Sri Lanka trip sends out message that it’s a safe place to travel: High Commissioner Austin Fernando
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has planned his visit to Sri Lanka on June 9. He is about to meet President Maithripala Sirisena. It is reported that Modi would be the first Prime Minister to visit the country after the deadly terror attack of April 21, 2019, on Sri Lanka churches.
High Commissioner to India, Austin Fernando believes that the visit of PM Modi would spread a positive message and people would now believe that the country is safe for travel.
He further added that “We would like the Indian government to lift the travel advisory for Sri Lanka”. He said that PM Modi coming to Sri Lanka is of great importance as both the countries are neighbors and thus, it is a moment of honor for the country.
Modi’s visit will also communicate that how Indian the government believes in humanity and perspective towards the people post-terror attack.
Fernando further spoke on the global terror issue in which he mentioned how Indian and Sri Lanka both are tackling with terrorism. To overcome the terror attacks, he even said that the intelligence agencies of both the countries should come together to curb the attacks which may happen in coming times. He believes such problems need to be tackled working closely. It is not the work of a single person.
He even reported that under the leadership of PM Modi the bilateral relationships of both countries have enhanced.
This visit is the first foreign bilateral trip of PM Modi post joining the office. He is also going to visit the Maldives.
According to reports, Modi’s visit signifies the policy of ‘Neighbourhood First’.