Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi telephoned President-elect Gotabaya Rajapaksa and congratulated him on his electoral victory in the Presidential election held in Sri Lanka yesterday, a statement said. Mr. Rajapaksa also accepted an invitation to visit India at his earliest convenience.
Conveying the good wishes on behalf of the people of India and on his own behalf, the Prime Minister expressed confidence that under the able leadership of Mr. Rajapaksa the Sri Lankan people will progress further on the path of peace and prosperity and the fraternal, cultural and historical ties between India and Sri Lanka will be further strengthened. The Prime Minister reiterated India’s commitment to continue to work with the Government of Sri Lanka to these ends. Mr. Rajapaksa thanked the Prime Minister for his good wishes. He also expressed his readiness to work with India very closely to ensure development and security. The Prime Minister extended an invitation to Mr. Rajapaksa to visit India at his early convenience. The invitation was accepted.