TDN World Desk: The newly-elected Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrives in India on a three visit on Thursday. This is to be his maiden overseas visit that will see the two close neighbours seek to strengthen ties.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa came to India after he recieved a official invitation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Reportedly, the two neighbouring countries leadrs are likely to discuss important issues like regional security, peace and economic development.

President Gotabaya is scheduled to meet his Indian counterpart Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Modi during his visit.

After Rajapaksa wins in the presidential election held on this November, PM Narendra extended his congratulatory message and telephoned him wishing to deepen bilateral ties.

Gotabaya, who is perceived as pro-China, has in a statement said his government will maintain “equi-distant and cordial relations with all countries”.

“As a policy, we will maintain an equi-distant and yet, cordial relations with all countries and remain neutral in the power struggles amongst nations. I also appeal to all global leaders, to respect the sovereignty and unitary status of Sri Lanka,” Rajapaksa was quoted by news agency IANS.