• Sri Lanka’s new leader to hold talks with Indian PM Modi


    NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka’s new president is set on Monday to hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after arriving in India seeking to rebuild ties hit by tensions over growing Chinese influence on the island. Maithripala Sirisena swept to power last month, ending a decade of rule by former president Mahinda Rajapakse, whose close alliance with Beijing had sparked serious concerns in New Delhi. Sirisena will meet with Modi aiming to allay India’s fears, after the new president arrived in the Indian capital on Sunday on his first foreign trip since taking office.



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