Narendra Modi visits Jaffna in Sri Lanka

2 years ago | 14-03-2015 | IBNS

Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, Mar 14 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday arrived in Jaffna, as a part of his historic visit to the north-central city of Sri Lanka.

Modi flew to Jaffna by an Indian Air Force chopper.

He also laid the foundation stone of the Jaffna Cultural Centre.

Earlier, he offered prayers at the sacred Sri Maha Bodh tree on his arrival to this historic north-central city of Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a visit to Sri Lanka, on Saturday arrived in the historic north-central city of Anuradhapura on his way to Jaffna.

Modi, accompanied by Sri Lanka's President, Maithripala Sirisena,also stopped at the Buddhist temple.

Common belief is that the Sri Maha Bodhi tree grew from a sapling from the one under shich Buddha attained 'Bodhi' or theological truth following days of meditation.

Modi is only the second foreign leader after British Prime Minister David Cameron to visit the region, torn by decades of ethnic fighting.

Modi's visit to Jaffna later in the day will make him the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Sri Lanka's Tamil heartland. On Friday, Modi called for greater economy for Sri Lanka's biggest minority community

He will launch construction of a cultural centre and hand over houses to 50,000 families that lost their homes in the fighting.