Gotabaya Rajapaksa is Sri Lanka's new President, thanks PM Modi for his wishes
New Delhi : Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been elected as the new President of India's neighbouring nation Sri Lanka. He thanked PM Narendra Modi for his warm wishes on the victory and said that he is looking forward for a stronger relationship and meeting him in near future.
Rajapaksa, 70, a controversial wartime defence secretary, is all set to lead Sri Lanka for five years after ruling party candidate Sajith Premadasa conceded the poll, marking the return of the powerful Rajapaksa dynasty.
He will be succeeding President Maithripala Sirisena who said wished not to continue his second term.
Soon after the results were announced, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his greetings to Gotabaya Rajapaksa. "Congratulations @GotabayaR on your victory in the Presidential elections.I look forward to working closely with you for deepening the close and fraternal ties between our two countries and citizens, and for peace, prosperity as well as security in our region," Modi tweeted.
Replying to Prime Minister Modi's wishes, Rajapaksa thanked him and said that the two countries are bound by history and common beliefs.
"I thank Prime Minister @narendramodi and the people of India for your warm wishes. Our two nations are bound by history and common beliefs and I look forward to strengthening our friendship and meeting you in the near future," he said in a tweet.