US President Obama says Sri Lanka created a symbol of hope for world democracy
US President Barack Obama praised Sri Lanka's successful and peaceful presidential elections and congratulated the outgoing administration on a swift and orderly transfer of power.
President Obama said that beyond the significance of this election to Sri Lanka, it is also a symbol of hope for those who support democracy all around the world.
Obama congratulated the incoming President Maithripala Sirisena on his victory.
The US leader said that at this moment of hope, the United States looks forward to deepening its partnership with the people and government of Sri Lanka and to working with President Sirisena to advance peace, democracy, and prosperity for all Sri Lankans.