Later, Modi was accorded a ceremonial reception at the President's House.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends a ceremony to thank the Union Council of Ministers for their contribution in India's general election at BJP headquarters in New Delhi on 21 May 2019.
Under the Modi government, India handed over the first lot of houses built under a United States dollars 350 million project for people, mostly Tamils who live in Sri Lanka's tea plantation areas.
"If every one of the 130 crore Indians takes one step forward, the country too will go that many steps ahead", Modi said. "He added that the visit also reflects the strength and trust exists between the two neighbors", President's Media Division said.
He visited Sri Lanka again in May 2017 as Chief Guest at the International Vesak Day celebrations.
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"Since both Sri Lanka and India have been victims of terrorism, both the leaders condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and made a decision to step up cooperation in this critical area", a statement from President Sirisena's media division said.
Thereafter Prime Minister Modi and President Sirisena held bilateral talks.
Since both Sri Lanka and India have been victims of terrorism, both the leaders condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and made a decision to step up cooperation in this critical area.
Moreover, the notable assistance that the Indian government has continued to provide the Maldives under the Prime Minister's stewardship is a factor earning him the title as well.
Commenting on Terrorism, PM Modi said, "Terrorism is a danger not just for a country but the entire civilization".
The President also presented Premier Modi with a Samadhi Buddha Statue as a "special gift from a special friend". According to sources, the Tamil leadership emphasised that India urge the Sri Lankan government to frame a new Constitution, as had been promised by Mr. Sirisena and PM Wickremesinghe, when their coalition came to power in 2015.
Modi arrived in the Indian Ocean archipelago on Saturday on his first foreign visit after re-election as Prime Minister to strengthen the bilateral ties, reflecting the importance India attaches to its "Neighbourhood First" policy.