Sri Lankan President pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi

Sri Lanka`s President Maithripala Sirisena who is on a four-day official trip to India visited Rajghat to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi at the final resting place of the Father of the Nation here on Monday.

ANI| Last Updated: Feb 16, 2015, 12:27 PM IST

New Delhi: Sri Lanka`s President Maithripala Sirisena who is on a four-day official trip to India visited Rajghat to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi at the final resting place of the Father of the Nation here on Monday.

President Sirisena also paid his floral tributes at the memorial of Gandhi.

A ceremonial reception will be held at the Rashtrapati Bhawan later in the day in honour of the visiting dignitary.

President Sirisena will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, besides meeting External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

The meeting with Prime Minister Modi will be structured both in terms of a restricted format as well as delegation level talks.

Both the leaders are expected to take steps to scale up economic cooperation between the two countries.

After the talks, some agreements are likely to be signed in the field of culture, people-to-people contact and agriculture.

President Pranab Mukherjee will also host a banquet in the honour of the Sri Lankan dignitary.

On Tuesday, the Lankan President will travel to Bodh Gaya and later to Tirupati. The President is expected to depart from Tirupati for Colombo early on Wednesday.

This is President Sirisena`s first overseas visit after assuming office.