Pakistan felicitates new Sri Lankan president

09:22 PM | 17 Nov, 2019
Pakistan felicitates new Sri Lankan president

ISLAMABAD – The government and leadership of Pakistan on Sunday warmly felicitated newly-elected President of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, on his electoral victory as the 7th President of the country. 

Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a statement from PMO, congratulated Mr. Rajapaksa, on his electoral victory and hoped the relation between two South Asian country will grow further.

President Dr Arif Alvi, in a tweet, said “we hope to continue working with the new Sri Lankan President for betterment of our people and to advance our shared interests of regional peace, stability and prosperity.”

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has also congratulated the newly-elected President of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

In his felicitation message today, he paid tribute to the Sri Lankan government for holding peaceful, free and transparent elections.

Qureshi expressed the hope that in the presence of newly-elected President, longstanding bilateral relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be strengthened further.

He prayed for prosperity and development of Sri Lanka under the leadership of new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Pakistan is committed to improve longstanding ties and mutual cooperation with Sri Lanka, he added.

In a press release, the country’s Foreign Office said Pakistan is confident that under Rajapaksa’s stewardship, Sri Lanka will continue its journey towards greater prosperity and peace.

“Pakistan appreciates the conduct of a free, fair and peaceful election by Election Commission and the Government of Sri Lanka,” it said. The Government of Pakistan expresses the resolve to further fortify fraternal ties and to take this vital partnership to a new level, the FO added.