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Sri Lankan PM arrives in Tirupati

Tirupati: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrived here today to offer worship at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at nearby Tirumala tomorrow.

Wickremesinghe along with wife and other officials arrived at Renigunta airport, 20 km from here, by a special helicopter from Chennai this evening and drove to the sacred hills, Chairman of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Chadalawada Krishnamurthy said.

After an overnight stay on the hills, the Prime Minister and his wife would offer worship tomorrow morning and leave for Chennai to fly back to Sri Lanka, he said.

Wickremesinghe’s last visit to the temple in his capacity as Prime Minister was in 2002.

Meanwhile, tight security has been put in place on the hills and at the airport.