The External Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the people of Sri Lanka for the successful conclusion of elections, which had been watched with great regional and international interest.
He congratulated President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wikramasinghe for the impressive victory, which was a vote for unity and change in Sri Lanka.
He expressed hope that President Sirisena’s victory will advance peace, reconciliation and development in Sri Lanka, and peace and progress in our region.
Describing Sri Lanka as a truly close neighbour and friend, Prime Minister offered India’s continued support and partnership to Sri Lankan Government and people in realising their aspirations.
President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to visit India in February, his first international visit after taking over.
Indian Premier Modi will visit Colombo in March, which would be the first state visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Sri Lanka since 1987.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will travel to Sri Lanka ahead of that and also chair the India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission meeting at the time.