Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Sri Lanka from May 11-12 where he will inaugurate the Dickoya Hospital that has been built with Indian assistance.
This will be his second visit to the country in two years showing the importance India attaches to the bilateral relationship.
In a post from his Facebook account the Prime Minister said, "I will be in Sri Lanka for a two-day visit starting today, 11th May. This will be my second bilateral visit there in two years, a sign of our strong relationship.”
During the visit he will join the International Vesak Day celebrations in Colombo on May 12 where he will interact with leading Buddhist spiritual leaders, scholars and theologians. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will also be present on the occasion.
The visit brings to the fore one of the most abiding links between India and Sri Lanka- the shared heritage of Buddhism.
The PM will have an interaction with the Indian-origin Tamil community during the visit.