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Newly-elected Lankan President to visit India on Nov 29: Jaishankar

Newly-elected Lankan President to visit India on Nov 29: Jaishankar

Colombo: Newly-elected Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will travel to India on November 29 at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Tuesday.

He made the announcement after meeting Rajapaksa on his first day in office after being sworn in as the country's new President on Monday. This is likely to be Rajapaksa's first official visit abroad after assuming office. Jaishankar, who arrived here on an unannounced two-day visit, said President Rajapaksa has accepted Prime Minister Modi's invitation to visit India on November 29. He became the first foreign dignitary to call on President Rajapaksa.

Sri Lankan officials said the Indian minister carried a letter of personal congratulations to Rajapaksa from Prime Minister Modi and the invitation to visit India.

"A warm meeting with Sri Lanka President @GotabayaR. Conveyed PM @narendramodi's message of a partnership for shared peace, progress, prosperity & security. Confident that under his leadership, #IndiaSriLanka relations would reach greater heights," Jaishankar tweeted after the meeting.

Rajapaksa stormed to victory in Sri Lanka's presidential elections, the results of which came on Sunday. Modi telephoned Rajapaksa on Sunday to congratulate him on his electoral win and invited him to visit India as his first official foreign tour. The Lankan leader thanked the prime minister for his good wishes and expressed his readiness to work with India very closely to ensure development and security, the Prime Minister's Office said.

Conveying the good wishes on behalf of the people of India and on his own behalf, Modi expressed confidence that under the able leadership of Rajapaksa, the people of Sri Lanka will progress further on the path of peace and prosperity.

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