Colombo, Feb 7: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday left for India on a five-day visit, his first overseas since he assumed office in November last year.
During the visit, Rajapaksa will hold discussions with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, external Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and other senior government officials.
Rajapaksa is accompanied by a 10-member delegation.
Talks will focus on politics, trade, development, defence and culture and tourism, the prime minister's media division said in a statement.
"Looking forward to building new avenues of cooperation with this visit & strengthening the already existing ties between our nations," Rajapaksa said in tweet.
The delegations of the two countries are expected to discuss the Indo-Sri Lanka Annual Security dialogue and India, Sri Lanka, Maldives tripartite maritime security pact.
After his official engagement in Delhi, the Sri Lankan Prime Minister will travel to Varanasi on Sunday to visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Saranath Buddhist Temple.
He will visit Bodhgaya, and Tirupati on Monday before heading to Colombo. (UNI)