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PM Modi, Lankan President Sirisena inaugurate India-aided stadium in Jaffna; hail it as centre for reconcillation

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan President Maithripala on Saturday jointly inaugurated a state-of-the-art stadium that was recently renovated with India’s help in Jaffna today. PM Modi participated in the event through video conferencing.

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan President Maithripala on Saturday jointly inaugurated a state-of-the-art stadium that was recently renovated with India’s help in Jaffna today. PM Modi participated in the event through video conferencing.

Some 8000 people have also joined the event at Duraiappah Stadium where a yoga demonstration has also been organised ahead of the International Yoga Day on June 21.

In 2014, the United Nations had declared June 21 as the International Yoga Day.

The stadium, named in honour of former mayor of Jaffna late Alfred Thambirajah Duraiappah, has been renovated by India at a cost of over Rs.7 crore.

This is the first major event at the renovated stadium.

In his address, PM Modi said, “India will walk side by side with Sri Lanka as it charts its own path to progress.”

He said, Sri Lanka was among the first supporters of the UN resolution on Yoga Day.

“Our relations are not limited to confines of our two governments but reside in our rich culture, art and language,” PM Modi said.

“The Duraiappah stadium is not just brick and mortar but a symbol of economic development,” PM Modi said, adding, “Last year I was in Jaffna, the warmth and affection I received from the people is still fresh in my mind.”

“India desires to see an economically prosperous Sri Lanka. A Sri Lanka where unity and integrity, peace, harmony security and equal opportunity and dignity prevails throughout the country among all its peoples,” Modi said on the occasion, speaking via video-conferencing from New Delhi.

 




 

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