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Saturday, 10 January 2015 - 14:34
UN Secretary General congratulates new President Maithreepala; Phone call from British Premier;Scores of state leaders wish new President and new Prime Minister


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the people of Sri Lanka on the successful conclusion of the country’s presidential election, and welcomed the constitutional transfer of power.

The Secretary-General in a statement had said that he looks forward to working with President Maithripala Sirisena and the people of Sri Lanka.

The UN will continue to support development, reconciliation, political dialogue and accountability in Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister David Cameron today called on President Maithripala Sirisena to congratulate him on his victory in yesterday's Presidential election.

The British Prime Minister wished President Maithripala Sirisena well in taking every opportunity to help realise the country’s potential and lead a stable, prosperous, united country.

Prime Minister Cameron further stated that these peaceful, democratic elections are a credit to all those involved and the people of Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, the European Union issuing a statement congratulated Maithripala Sirisena on his election as President of Sri Lanka.

The EU mentioned that it will continue to support Sri Lanka in its development as a prosperous and inclusive democracy for the benefit of all its citizens.

Japan has also extended wishes to the new President, Maithripala Sirisena.

Issuing a statement Japanese government says Japan hopes that under the leadership of Maithripala Sirisena, all parties concerned in Sri Lanka will work together to further promote reconciliation and economic development.

Meanwhile, Singapore President Tony Tan and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have sent congratulatory letters to President Maithripala Sirisena for his victory in the presidential election.

In his letter, President Tan said the victory was a testament to the faith that the people have in President Sirisena's leadership.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Lee in his letter said Singapore has consistently supported national reconciliation in Sri Lanka through concrete projects to help better the lives of Sri Lankans, such as in healthcare and education.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hong Lei and US President Barack Obama had also earlier extended their wishes to President Maithripala Sirisena.

Meanwhile, India’s The Hindu newspaper stated that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is seen as a leader close to India, and his presence in the government, will be a welcome sight for India.

India’s The Hindu also said that the business-friendly UNP leader is a strong proponent of closer trade ties with India.
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