A special ceremony was held at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan to welcome the President. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and President Prathibha Patel greeted the Sri Lankan leader when he arrived at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan. He was accorded a Guard of Honour followed by a 21 gun salute. The National Anthems of the two countries were played.
The function symbolized the historic relations that exists between the two South Asian countries. Bilateral discussions between the President and the Indian Prime Minister are scheduled for this evening.