"Cowardly acts of terror can not defeat the spirit of Sri Lanka", Modi later tweeted.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who greeted him upon his arrival and saw him off a few hours later at the airport also seemed to get along well with Modi.
Modi's visits to the Maldives and Sri Lanka "will demonstrate the priority India attaches to its "SAGAR Doctrine", which refers to Security And Growth for All in the Region - a coinage of 2015 by the Modi government aiming to keep the Indian Ocean region 'peaceful and secure".
He said that the huge expectations of the people should not be viewed as a challenge, but an opportunity for the government to achieve the targets.More news: Half-brother of North Korea's Kim was a Central Intelligence Agency informant
During the meeting, Modi said the recent General Elections, have been marked by pro-incumbency, for which credit must go to the entire team of officials, that have worked hard, conceived schemes, and delivered results on the ground, over the last five years.
The PM's meeting at Lok Kalyan Marg was a similar to an interaction he held in 2014 immediately after taking charge for the first time when he urged bureaucrats to simplify and streamline administrative rules and procedures to make them people-friendly.
He sought the blessings of Lord Venkateswara to "realise the dreams of 130 crore people of India" and said the states and the Centre should work together towards this and create a New India.
He said that although the Indian elections saw a lot of attacks and counter-attacks among the rivals, Indians became one "from Kashmir to Kanyakumari" once the vote count was over, triggering applause in the crowd.More news: PM candidate Harper asks Johnson - Why won't you answer questions?
Modi and Solih inaugurated the training facility on Saturday, officials said, adding that both projects cost New Delhi $26 million.
The Prime Minister also appealed to the diaspora to contribute to India's development.
The Maldives mended ties with India with Solih's election as president past year.
"Today India's image in the world is getting stronger". He addressed the Indian diaspora there as well. "I see it as a guarantee for a brighter India", the Prime Minister observed. Like US President Donald Trump, Modi is an avid fan of twitter with every moment recorded on the social media platform for consumption by his almost 50 million followers. The PMO called the statue "a special gift from a special friend".More news: Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of tournament for three weeks with fractured thumb
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