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President Solih congratulates new Sri Lankan leader

Shahudha Mohamed
19 November 2019, MVT 10:44
Sri Lanka's new president Gotabaya Rajapaksa (C) speaks after taking the oath of office during his swearing-in ceremony at the Ruwanwelisaya temple in Anuradhapura on November 18, 2019. - Sri Lanka's new president Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in November 18 at a Buddhist temple revered by his core Sinhalese nationalist supporters, following an election victory that triggered fear and concern among the island's Tamil and Muslim minority communities. (Photo by Lakruwan WANNIARACHCHI / AFP)
Shahudha Mohamed
19 November 2019, MVT 10:44

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, on Monday, sent a message of congratulations to the newly elected President of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, following his assumption of office.

In the letter addressed to Rajapaksa, President Solih stated he had no doubt that Sri Lanka will usher in a new era of development and prosperity for the people and the country, under the new president's leadership.

Noting that Maldives holds its bilateral ties with Lanka in high regard, the president expressed confidence that cooperation between Maldives and Sri Lanka will continue and be further strengthened during Gotabaya Rajapaksa's tenure.

"As the closest of neighbours and enjoying centuries-old friendship, our bilateral relations remain closely intertwined and unique, that goes way beyond formal diplomatic relations", he wrote.

President Solih iterated that he looked forward to working closely with Rajapaksa and his new government for the mutual benefit of the people of both countries.

He concluded the letter with best wishes for Rajapaksa's health and wellbeing.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa ran as the candidate from Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP), beating out ruling party candidate Sajith Premadasa with 52.25 percent of the vote. The brother of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, he had formerly served as a defence secretary.

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