President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that historic Indo-Sri Lanka friendship has been strengthened.
Chief Minister of the State of Madhya Pradesh in India who was on a visit to Sri Lanka met President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Expressing his views, the President said that the visits of political leaders and the people of both countries are contributing towards bilateral relations. The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister expressed his happiness about being able to visit a peaceful Sri Lanka during the Poson season. Meanwhile, a discussion was held between the Chief Minister and Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratna. Sanchi, the birth place of Maha Mahinda Thera also belongs to the State of Madhya Pradesh in India. The Chief Minister expressed satisfaction about being able to visit the places of historic interest at a time when Maha Mahinda Thera is being commemorated.
Meanwhile, Mr. Chouhan called on the Mahanayake Thera of the Malwatte Chapter. Most Ven. Thibbatuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera said that the Indo-Sri Lanka friendship has always thrived due to the historic bonds related to Buddhism. The Chief Minister extended an invitation to the Mahanayaka Thera to visit India.
Participating in a media briefing, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh said that it has been decided to grant many facilities for the promotion of Buddhism on the request made by Sri Lanka. It was held this afternoon before Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan left for India. He said that 65 acres will be allocated to set up an International Buddhist University near the ‘Sanchi Sthupa’ on a request made by Sri Lanka. It has also been decided to grant an additional 650 million rupees for the construction of the University. Plans are also underway to improve facilities in seven more Buddhist places of worship in Madhya Pradesh. The Chief Minister said that co-operation in the industrial sector will be increased while relations pertaining to Buddhism are strengthened.