Colombo-based New Indian Express correspondent P K Baklachandran says, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi would only attend the UN ‘Vesak Day’ celebrations and no bilateral agreements will be signed during his visit to Sri Lanka next week, Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has said. “No agreements will be signed during Prime Minister Modi’s visit. I am aware that disinformation is being spread on social media on the Indian premier’s visit,” Sirisena said on Saturday, addressing a gathering at Ottamavadi in eastern Batticaloa district.”
Meera Sirinivasan of The Hindu wrote, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate UN Vesak Day in Colombo on May 12, Sri Lanka’s Minister for Justice and Buddhasasana Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said here on Wednesday.
Mr Modi will also hold meetings with the Sri Lankan leadership. The two countries are likely to finalise development cooperation agreements, besides discussing key issues, including the Palk Bay fisheries conflict. The specifics of Mr. Modi’s visit and travel plans are being firmed up, say Colombo based sources.’
Indo Asian News Service (IANS) report stated,, “Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has slammed calls for a black flag protest during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka, a media report said. The joint opposition has called for a black flag protest during Modi’s visit here to take part in the celebrations marking the UN ‘Vesak Day’, the most important in the Buddhist calendar, Colombo Gazette reported. “Are they Buddhists?” President Sirisena asked with regards to those calling for the protest. Opposition Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa, speaking at the joint opposition May Day rally at Galle Face, said that Modi was to discuss a deal on Trincomalee port which he says must be opposed. “They are trying to sell Sri Lanka to India,” he said.”
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