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Modi visits Sri Lanka

The Indian premier, Narendra Modi today visited Sri Lanka for four hours, becoming the first foreign leader to do so since the Easter Sunday bombings by Islamist extremists. 

"I am confident Sri Lanka will rise again. Cowardly acts of terror cannot defeat the spirit of Sri Lanka. India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka," he tweeted. 

Modi met with the Tamil National Alliance, including the leader, R Sampanthan and other MPs. 

"The Tamil National Alliance delegation led by Mr. R. Sampanthan had an excellent meeting with PM ⁦‪@narendramodi‬⁩ in Colombo," the prime minister's official twitter account tweeted. 

Modi also met with the Sri Lankan prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, the leader of the opposition, Mahinda Rajapaksa and the president, Maithripala Sirisena, who gifted him a Buddha statue. 

Modi visited St Anthony's church in Colombo, the site of one of the suicide bombs on Easter Sunday and laid a bouquet of flowers "to pay homage to those who lost their lives during the cowardly terror attack on Easter."