Modi assures Sirisena of continued support

He congratulated the people of Sri Lanka for the democratic, peaceful poll process.

January 09, 2015 09:28 am | Updated December 04, 2021 11:32 pm IST - New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured the new Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena, of all “possible assistance and, above all, the goodwill and friendship of the people of India.”

Shortly after Mr. Sirisena was declared winner, Mr. Modi called him on the telephone and congratulated him. “As a close friend & neighbour, I reaffirmed India’s continued solidarity & support for Sri Lanka’s peace, development & prosperity,” Mr. Modi tweeted.

India’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yash Sinha was the first diplomat to call on the President-elect in Colombo. He also attended his swearing-in on Friday evening. Many Sri Lanka watchers in India welcomed the dramatic results, saying the ouster of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa would mean a greater role for India in the island.

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