President Gotabaya Rajapaksa meets Indian President Ram Nath Kovind

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was given a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi this morning. The President was awarded a military guard of honour after he was greeted by his Indian counterpart Ram Nath Kovind.

While congratulating the new President of Sri Lanka, the Indian President Ram Nath Kovind said the meeting marks a milestone in a strong friendship between the two countries & commended the new vision of governance introduced by President Rajapaksa and pledged his country’s fullest cooperation towards Sri Lanka.

According to the President’s media division, President Rajapaksa had said during his tenure as president, he wishes to bring the relationship between India and Sri Lanka to a very high level. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa then met Indian prime minister Narendra Modi at the latter’s Hydrabad residence in New Delhi.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, he was happy to receive President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on his first overseas visit as the President of Sri Lanka. The tweet went on to note, Rajapaksa’s visit is a testimony to the time-tested ties between India and Sri Lanka and will help strengthen bonds as well as energize partnership.