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PM Modi to visit Sri Lanka in May, to take part in UN 'Vesak Day'

India TV Politics Desk New Delhi 20 Apr 2017, 18:06:13 IST
India TV Politics Desk

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Sri Lanka next month to take part in the celebrations marking the UN 'Vesak Day', the most important in the Buddhist calendar.

“PM Modi will be on a visit to Srilanka next month, details of which are being worked out,” MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay told reporters here. 

This will be Modi’s second visit to the island nation since he assumed office as Prime Minister in May 2014. PM Modi had first visited the country in 2015.

Yesterday, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe had informed that PM Modi will make his second visit to the country in the second week of May.

During his visit, according to the Minister, PM Modi will take part in the UN 'Vesak Day' celebrations to be held here from May 12 to 14.

"The Indian Prime Minister has confirmed his visit," Rajapakshe said.

The 'International Day of Vesak' will be hosted by the Buddhist-majority country and the commemorations in Colombo will include an International Buddhist Conference in which over 400 delegates from more than 100 countries will participate.

Vesak is the most important day in the Buddhist calendar. It commemorates Lord Buddha's birth, enlightenment and passing away.