India welcomes end of uncertainty in Sri Lanka

‘A reflection of the resilience of the country’s democracy’

December 16, 2018 03:06 pm | Updated December 03, 2021 10:03 am IST - New Delhi

Narendra Modi, right, with Ranil Wickremesinghe. File

Narendra Modi, right, with Ranil Wickremesinghe. File

India on Sunday welcomed the end of political uncertainty in Sri Lanka with the return of Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister.

A statement by the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the latest developments indicated the resilience of Sri Lankan democracy. “This is a reflection of the maturity demonstrated by all political forces, and also of the resilience of Sri Lankan democracy and its institutions,” said the MEA spokesperson, welcoming the end of the political uncertainty.

Earlier, Mr. Wickremesinghe said his return was a collective victory. “Today marks victory not for myself or for the UNP. It is a victory for Sri Lanka’s democratic institutions and the sovereignty of our citizens. I thank everyone who stood firm in defending the constitution and ensuring the triumph of democracy.”

“India remains committed to taking forward its people-oriented development projects... We are confident that India-Sri Lanka relations will continue to move on an upward trajectory,” the MEA spokesperson said.

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