New Delhi: On 17 November, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated President-elect of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa over telephone on his electoral victory in the Presidential elections held in Sri Lanka on 16 November.
Conveying good wishes on behalf of the people of India and on his own behalf, the Modi expressed confidence that under the leadership of Rajapaksa the people of Sri Lanka will progress on the path of peace and prosperity. He said that fraternal, cultural, historical and civilisational ties between India and Sri Lanka will be further strengthened. The PM reiterated India’s commitment to continue to work with the Government of Sri Lanka to these ends.
President-elect Rajapaksa thanked the Prime Minister for his good wishes. He also expressed his readiness to work closely with India to ensure development and security.
The Prime Minister extended an invitation to Rajapaksa to visit India at his early convenience. The invitation was accepted.
The 70-year-old Rajapaksa is a former soldier-turned bureaucrat. He is Sri Lanka’s former wartime Defence Secretary, and to many in the country’s majority Sinhala-Buddhist community, Rajapaksa is a “saviour” who orchestrated the military victory over the rebel LTTE a decade ago. His brother Mahinda Rajapaksa is the former President of Sri Lanka, unseated in 2015.
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