Sri Lankan president writes to Modi; expresses hope that India will soon thwart current havoc of COVID-19

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressing confidence that India will soon thwart the current havoc of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a letter to Modi, which was released to the media, Gotabaya said he has been observing with deep empathy and concern, the unfolding health scourge in India which has brought immense suffering to the people.

“I am confident that under your able leadership and with the resolute support of dedicated experts and professionals, India will soon thwart the current havoc of the pathogen,” he said in the letter.

Gotabaya said the country’s Buddhist clergy in Sri Lanka plans to “compassionately recite the ‘Rathana Suthra‘ to invoke blessings on the people of India, thus demonstrating the close bond and affinity between our two countries.”

Rajapaksa’s reference to Rathana Suthra was about a Buddhist lore that in times of the Buddha, when India’s ancient city of Vaishali in Bihar was hit by famine and…

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