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President Maithripala Sirisena meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi today/Sudath Silva President’s Media

Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi will pay a one-day visit to Sri Lanka on June 9, the Indian government confirmed today.

A Press Release from the Indian foreign office says that this will follow a two-day state visit to the Maldives on the invitation of the Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

Modi, fresh from his historic win in last month’s Parliamentary General Elections will take the opportunity to “review recent developments in bilateral relations,” the communique added.

India also points out that the “visits to the Maldives and Sri Lanka will demonstrate the priority India attaches to its ‘Neighbourhood-First Policy’ and the SAGAR Doctrine.”

The SAGAR doctrine is Modi’s vision of cooperation among the Maritime Agencies of the region to build “virtuous cycles” of mutual benefit.