The US government yesterday congratulated the Sri Lankan people on a successful provincial council election.
"Now that the people of Sri Lanka have chosen provincial councils to represent their interests, it is incumbent upon the Government of Sri Lanka to support the new civilian leadership of the provinces," State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Monday in a press briefing.
The British government too welcomed largely peaceful provincial elections in Sri Lanka held on September 21.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Alistair Burt in a statement said the polls have been described as largely peaceful by Commonwealth and domestic observer missions, with high turnout across all three provinces.
"This demonstrates the desire of the Sri Lankan people to engage in this democratic process which ensures all provinces now have a council for the first time since the end of the military conflict," he noted.
The Foreign Office Minister welcomed the access given to international observers and the overall conduct of polling day.