India strongly believes that its economic growth must bring benefits to its neighbours, Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he along with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena inaugurated the renovated Duraiappah Stadium in Jaffna on Saturday via video conference.
Lanka was committed to strengthening bilateral relations even though there may be wrong understandings and interpretations at times.
The Duraiappah Stadium, named in honour of a former Mayor of Jaffna late Alfred Thambirajah Duraiappah, has been renovated by the government of India at a cost of over Rs.7 crore.
Modi participated in the event via video conference from New Delhi on Saturday called the renovation of the Duraiappah stadium as a symbol of economic development. Remembering his visit to Jaffna in 2015, Prime Minister Modi recalled the reception given by people in Jaffana.
“The warmth and affection I received from the people is still fresh in my mind. Our relations are not limited to confines of our two governments but reside in our rich culture, art and language,” said the PM.
Calling it a historic occasion, Lankan President Sirisena said projects like these will strengthen relations between India and Sri Lanka.
“I would like to thank the Indian Govt for giving us the financial assistance for renovating Duraiappah stadium,” said the Lankan President.
The renovated stadium, with a seating capacity of 1850, will provide the necessary infrastructure to promote sports and recreational activities and assist the overall development of the youth of the Northern Province in Sri Lanka.
PM appreciated the Sri Lanka for supporting the United Nations resolution on Yoga Day and said that India will walk side by side with Lanka to chart its own path to progress. In the first major event at the renovated stadium, over 8000 people participated in practice session of the Yoga Demonstration ahead of International Yoga Day.