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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa visits Tirumala Sri Venkateswara Temple in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.

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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is felicitated by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Executive Officer (EO) Anil Kumar Singhal during his visit at Tirumala Sri Venkateswara Temple in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.

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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa visits Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya.

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UP Minister of state Neelkanth Tiwari presents a memento to Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on his arrival at Assi Ghat, in Varanasi.

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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa offer prayers at Assi Ghat, in Varanasi.

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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa during his visit to Kashi Vishwanath temple, in Varanasi.

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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa during his visit to Kal Bhairav temple, in Varanasi.

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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa during his visit to Kashi Vishwanath temple, in Varanasi.

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President Ram Nath Kovind shakes hands with Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa during a meeting in New Delhi.

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President Ram Nath Kovind with Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa during a meeting in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at the delegation level talks, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi.

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar (L), National Security Advisor Ajit Doval (2nd R), Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla (R) and Joint Secretary, PMO, Gopal Baglay before a joint statement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi.

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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa lays a wreath at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, Rajghat, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hands with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa after a joint statement at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa during a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa introduces his delegation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

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External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Gunawardena before a meeting at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi.

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External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar meets Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Foreign Relations of Sri Lanka, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

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President Ram Nath Kovind shakes hands with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi

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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa signs the visitors’ book, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks on, at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

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National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar at Hyderabad House during a meeting with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa (unseen), in New Delhi.

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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa pays homage at Mahatma Gandhi's Samadhi, at Rajghat, in New Delhi. Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, General (Retd.) V.K. Singh is also seen.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa during their meeting at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi.

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National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa during a meeting, in New Delhi.

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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is received by Indian Minister of State of Road Transport and Highways V.K. Singh, right, upon his arrival at the airport in New Delhi.

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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa waves to the gathering upon his arrival at the airport in New Delhi. Rajapaksa is on a three-day official visit to India.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, shakes hand with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa before their delegation level talks in New Delhi. Rajapaksa is on a three-day official visit to the country.

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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa inspects the guard of honour during his ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa as President Ram Nath Kovind looks on during a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi.

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President Ram Nath Kovind(C), Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the ceremonial reception of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa (L) at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi. Rajapaksa arrived on a three-day visit, in his first overseas tour after taking over the reins of Sri Lanka 10 days back in reflection of the importance he attaches to ties with India.

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India and Sri Lanka flags near the Rashtrapati Bhawan at Raisina Hill ahead of the Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's visit, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi signs the visitors’ book as Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena looks on, in Colombo.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with members of the Indian Community at India House, in Colombo.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is bid farewell by Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe before emplaning for India from Colombo after a day visit, in Colombo.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena prior to their bilateral meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena arrives to attend the swearing in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his second consecutive term, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe ahead of a meeting at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi.

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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with Congress President Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at a meeting in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on by Sri Lankan Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasurya, in New Delhi.

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High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Transit Singh Sandhu, right, shakes hand with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe upon his arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.

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Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan attends the Special Parliamentary Session in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of Parliament of Sri Lanka, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka, Tilak Marapana at meeting in New Delhi.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj greets her Sri Lankan counterpart Tilak Marapana before a meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

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Sri Lanka Navy ships arrive at Visakhapatnam to participate in SLINEX-17 bi-lateral maritime exercise between Sri Lanka Navy and Indian Navy.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj shakes hands with her Sri Lankan counterpart Ravi Karunanayake at a meeting, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe shakes hands with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during a meeting, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during a meeting, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe at the signing of an MoU between India and Sri Lanka on Cooperation in economic project at Hyderabad house, in New Delhi.

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Modi and Ranil Wickremesinghe meet in Delhi in 2015

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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi before a meeting in New Delhi.

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Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, right, shakes hands with Sushma Swaraj as Sri Lankan Law and Order minister Sagala Rathnayaka, left, and Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Y.K. Sinha watch during their meeting in Colombo. Sushma Swaraj arrived in Sri Lanka for an official one day visit where she will be meeting with Sri Lankan leaders.

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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, right, talks to Sushma Swaraj during their meeting in Colombo. Swaraj arrived in Sri Lanka for an official one day visit where she will be meeting with Sri Lankan leaders.

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Sri Lanka security forces personnel walk on the landing deck of the India's naval aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, which is on a goodwill visit to Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Indian-Sri Lankan Army during Joint training exercise "Mitra Shakti-2015" at Aundh Military Camp in Pune.

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Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting, Arun Jaitley calling on the Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe, in New Delhi.

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Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen representatives during their meeting at the office of the Director of Fisheries Tamil Nadu, in Chennai.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Sri Lankan parliamentarian and former cricketer Arjuna Ranatunga at the end of his two-day visit to the island nation, at Colombo Airport.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi offering prayers at the Naguleswaram Temple, in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the handing over of homes at Ilavalai North-West Housing Project site, in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

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Activist of May 17 Tamil movement shout slogans as they burn US national flag during a protest against US on Tamils issue in Sri Lanka, near American Consulate in Chennai.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves during the flag off a train service at Talaimannar in Sri Lanka.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with former president of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa during a meeting to discuss the development cooperation opportunities, in Colombo Sri Lanka

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Ruwanwelisaya, a sacred stupa in Anuradhapura, about 230 kilometers northeast of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi walks after paying homage to Sri Maha Bodhi, the sacred Bo tree said to have been propagated from the tree under which Buddha is believed to have achieved enlightenment, in Anuradhapura about 230 kilometers north east of Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi folds his hands in a sign of respect during his visit to Ruwanwelisaya, a sacred stupa in Anuradhapura, about 230 kilometers northeast of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi folds his hands in a sign of respect during his visit to Ruwanwelisaya, a sacred stupa in Anuradhapura, about 230 kilometers northeast of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena offer prayers, at the Sri Maha Bodhi Tree in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

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The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena offer prayers, at the Sri Maha Bodhi Tree in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

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Prime Minister, Narendra Modi offer prayers, at the Sri Maha Bodhi Tree in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

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Prime Minister, Narendra Modi arrives, at the Sri Maha Bodhi Tree and offers prayers, at Anuradhapura, Colombo, in Sri Lanka. The President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena is also seen.

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Narendra Modi received by the dignitaries, at Ministry of Defence Helipad, Colombo, in Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lankan lawmakers rise as Prime Minister Narendra Modi enters the parliament house, in Colombo.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Sri Lankan former president Chandrika Kumaratunga during a meeting in Colombo.

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Prime Minister, Narendra Modi addressing the Parliament of Sri Lanka, in Colombo.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi at the Parliament of Sri Lanka, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe meeting the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena witnessing the signing of agreements between India and Sri Lanka, in Colombo.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi walks with a tray of flowers to offer at Maha Bodhi Buddhist temple during his visit to Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Prime Minister, Narendra Modi visiting the Mahabodhi Society, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Prime Minister, Narendra Modi visiting the Mahabodhi Society, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Prime Minister, Narendra Modi visiting the Mahabodhi Society, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Prime Minister, Narendra Modi visiting the Mahabodhi Society, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Prime Minister, Narendra Modi planting a sapling during his visit to the Mahabodhi Society in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Prime Minister, Narendra Modi visiting the Mahabodhi Society in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Prime Minister, Narendra Modi visiting the Mahabodhi Society in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Prime Minister, Narendra Modi addressing at the Joint Press Statement, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Narendra Modi with the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, at the ceremonial reception, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Narendra Modi at the delegation level talks between India and Sri Lanka, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Narendra Modi at the ceremonial reception, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka,Maithripala Sirisena is also seen.

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When Celestial Bells Toll First, the victory in Sri Lanka, with a mandate to soothe the open wounds of sectarian ugliness and accumulated hurt. Then, the need to balance foreign policy between two regional behemoths. In their midst, Maithiripala Sirisena found time to visit the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya.

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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena with his wife Jayanthi Pushpa Kumari offer prayers to the sacred golden altar at Lord Venkateswara temple at Tirumala in Tirupati.

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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena offers prayer at Sri Lankan temple in Bodhgaya.

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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena with others at Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya.

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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and his wife Jayanthi Sirisena look at a case believed to hold a relic of Lord Buddha, at a temple in Bodh Gaya.

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Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar during a meeting in New Delhi.

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Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena wtih Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during a meeting in New Delhi.

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Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena shakes hands wtih former PM Manmohan Singh as Congress President Sonia Gandhi looks on during a meeting in New Delhi.

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President Pranab Mukherjee looks on as Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena during a banquet at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

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