President Maithripala Sirisena welcomed and expressed his thanks to Prime Minister Modi for joining the celebrations in Sri Lanka.He spoke about the rich teachings of Lord Buddha and how it strengthens the society even today.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe thanked PM Narendra Modi for being the Chief Guest at the International Vesak Day celebrations. Recalling Lord Buddha, he added that his teachings were relevant even in today’s world and showed moderate path and need to consolidate social justice. Quoting Swami Vivekananda, Mr. Wickremesinghe said, “Buddhism is the most tremendous religious movement that the world ever saw, the most gigantic spiritual wave ever to burst upon the human society.”
N Buddhashasana, Minister for Justice, Sri Lanka too thanked Prime Minister Modi for gracing the inaugural event. He said, “It bears ample testimony to your great reverence for Buddha and his teachings. Your Excellency Narendra Modi, for us in Sri Lanka, you are one of ours. I am confident that our assembling today and in the next few days would undoubtedly strengthen the bond of our brotherhood, unity and inter-religious harmony.”