New Delhi: On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, inaugurated a state-of-art-stadium in Jaffna today. The stadium was renovated with the help of India. The event saw PM Modi participating via video conferencing.
The event held at the Duraiappah Stadium saw 8000 people joining it. Also, a yoga demonstration was organized ahead of the International Yoga Day on June 21. Around Rs 7 crore has been spent in renovation of the stadium which has been named after former mayor of Jaffna late Alfred Thambirajah Duraiappah.
During his address, PM Modi said, “India will walk side by side with Sri Lanka as it charts its own path to progress.”
He further added, “Our relations are not limited to confines of our two governments but reside in our rich culture, art and language.The Duraiappah stadium is not just brick and mortar but a symbol of economic development. Last year I was in Jaffna, the warmth and affection I received from the people is still fresh in my mind.”
On the other hand, Sri Lankan Prez thanked India for helping in renovating the stadium. He said, “This is a historic occasion which will strengthen relations between India and Sri Lanka.”