Sunday, 11 January 2015 - 12:38
India invites new President for first overseas visit
Maldives President Yamin Abdul Gayoom has said that he is ready to work with Sri Lanka’s newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena in order to strengthen the bilateral ties between both countries.
In a congratulatory message to President Sirisena, President Gayoom said that his victory shows the amount of trust that the Sri Lankan people place in his policies, leadership, and the priority he places on the nation’s growth.
The Maldivian President had also invited President Sirisena to make a State Visit at his earliest convenience.
Meanwhile, India’s the Hindu newspaper reported that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was prompt in inviting President Maithripala Sirisena to New Delhi.
The Hindu said that he is encouraged to take up the India visit as his first.
Quite glowing in his praise, Modi, in his letter to President Sirisena, significantly wrote that it was the latter’s “vision for Sri Lanka” and his “capacity to connect with people’s yearning for change” that ensured his victory.
Also underlining his approach towards the SAARC neighbourhood since he was sworn in, the Indian Prime Minister added that he hoped to take Indo-Sri Lankan relations to a new level for the benefit of the people of the region.