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No deals to be signed during PM Modi’s visit: Lankan President Sirisena

Ending speculations, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena made it clear the Prime Minister Narendra Modi would only attend the UN ‘Vesak Day’ celebrations and no mutual agreements will be signed during his visit to Sri Lanka in the coming week.
President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday said addressing a gathering at Ottamavadi in eastern Batticaloa district, “No agreements will be signed during Prime Minister Modi’s visit. I am aware that disinformation is being spread on social media on the Indian premier’s visit,”.
He further added that PM Modi’s visit is only to take part in the celebrations of the UN ‘Vesak Day’ to be held in Colombo from May 12 to 14, which honors the birth, enlightenment, and death of Buddha. The Prime Minister’s visit is scheduled in the coming week.
“I appeal to people not to be misled by false stories that India would acquire areas in our country through agreements,” Sirisena said among speculations over the proposed deal with India to jointly conduct the oil storage facility at Trincomalee port. This comes soon after the protest held by the workers of Sri Lanka’s state-run petroleum company last week against the proposed deal with India to jointly operate the strategic oil facility. The government has announced plans to strike a deal for a joint venture with India to develop the World War II oil tanks.
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