Sri Lankan High Commissioner Ashok Milinda Moragoda presented two paintings to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday. The paintings, which depict scenes from the Ramayana, will be installed at the Varanasi airport.
Paintings were presented during a courtesy call by the High Commissioner to the Chief Minister at his official residence. The two dignitaries discussed ways to strengthen cultural ties between Sri Lanka and India, particularly Uttar Pradesh.
High Commissioner praised the Chief Minister for his efforts in developing Uttar Pradesh, and presented him with a stone from Ashoka Vatika. He also spoke about planting saplings of Sanjivani Booti, a medicinal plant mentioned in the Ramayana, in Uttar Pradesh.
Chief Minister thanked the High Commissioner for the gifts and said that he was committed to strengthening ties between India and Sri Lanka. He said that the Ramayana sites in Sri Lanka are a source of great pride for Indians, and that he was eager to work with the High Commissioner to promote tourism between the two countries.
Chief Minister also spoke about the Kushinagar International Airport, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2022. He said that the airport would make it easier for Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world, including Sri Lanka, to visit the holy sites in Uttar Pradesh.
Paintings presented by the High Commissioner are a beautiful addition to the Varanasi airport and a symbol of the strong ties between Sri Lanka and India. The Chief Minister’s commitment to strengthening these ties is a welcome development, and it is sure to benefit both countries.