Sri Lanka today welcomed verdict of people of India to elect Bharathiya Janatha Party government at the recently concluded general election there, Indian media reported.
Sri Lankan envoy Prasad Kariyawasam was one of the first foreign representatives to respond to BJP's victory. “Sri Lanka welcomes the verdict of people of India. Soon President Rajapaksa will warmly welcome and greet the incoming PM of India", he said.
Meanwhile speaking to IANS, the outgoing Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said the UPA government has done “outstanding work” in the field of foreign policy and is leaving India’s relations “in fairly good condition” that the future government can look forward to.
On India’s relations with neighbours, Khurshid said there were “difficult conditions operating in countries in the neighbourhood”, in Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
"As far as Sri Lanka is concerned, the issue about accountability etc. has not yet settled. There are a host of issues, but these are not issues that are going to be wished away... They are important for us, they are important for them. But the point is they should not damage our relations, and that we’ve been able to do.” On ties with Colombo, Khurshid said the Prime Minister not attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Summit last November has not affected ties.
“Our relations remain intact. We are actually discussing nuclear areas as well. Our discussions with them, the cooperation they have extended in every sphere... our tourism is exceeding all previous bounds, investment both ways is increasing -– where the alternative was a complete breakdown of relations. But there are issues on both sides, and we need to resolve them... they can’t be wished away. There are no magic solutions.”
Comments - 9
Saskia Friday, 16 May 2014 09:09 AM
Your verdict will come soon. We are very very happy to have BJP.
Ranjo Friday, 16 May 2014 09:16 AM
Well, the Election Commission and Commissioner are not like what we have in our country, Mr. High Commissioner.
Kumudu Friday, 16 May 2014 09:17 AM
It is our big brother India, no bullying the neighbours. We will be another Cuba if so.
Gobal Saturday, 17 May 2014 08:58 AM
Mahinda is friend for radical Extremist countries and importing Extremist to srilanka ist going to worse than ever
abeysingha Friday, 16 May 2014 10:19 AM
Modi is a countryman like Mahinda.
Amity Friday, 16 May 2014 10:33 AM
But TN people rejected Vaiko
Saskia Friday, 16 May 2014 11:10 AM
But, TN people has chosen the lady who openly supports to create Tamil Eelam in SL. Furthermore, she is the close friend of Modi. So, SL will face a very very tough time.
Jane Friday, 16 May 2014 11:10 AM
Yes mr ambassador bcos you have no other options for next 10 years ! @ # $ % ^&
King Friday, 16 May 2014 07:55 PM
You fools was agains India couple of month back now SL wait and wath
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