India hands over to people 1st lot of houses built in Sri Lanka
Colombo, Aug 12 (PTI) India today handed over the first lot of houses built for Indian-origin people in Sri Lanka's tea plantation areas.
It is the largest Indian assistance project in any country with a grant of over USD 350 million.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe thanked his Indian counterpart for the assistance.
"I thank the Prime Minister Modi. He has kept the promise he made last year," Wickremesinghe said.
Modi said that India continues to keep Sri Lanka in a special place in its neighbourhood first policy.
Some 404 houses were handed over at the central district of Nuwara Eliya.
"Sri Lanka has been special for us, and it will remain special," Modi said.
Wickremesinghe, recalling the historical links between India and Sri Lanka, said Modi's suggestion today to establish direct air links between Colombo and Varanasi to facilitate pilgrims from Sri Lanka is most welcomed.
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