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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 8.45 GMT

President congratulates new Indian PM


Praising new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "inspirational qualities of leadership", President Mahinda Rajapaksa said Monday that Colombo was one with New Delhi against terrorism.

In a message to Modi after he took oath as India's 15th prime minister, Rajapaksa said: "Your victory rewards your tireless commitment to serving the people of India. It recognizes your inspirational qualities of leadership and represents the hopes and aspirations of the Indian polity.

"In electing (you) as their prime minister, the people of India have unambiguously chosen the path of change, development and effective leadership," he added.

He said Indians had reposed "their steadfast faith in you, and on your party and its alliance partners, to preside over their destiny for the next five years with a strong and decisive mandate".

President Rajapaksa said: "Today, we are united in our struggle against terrorism and nation building efforts.

"Our two countries enjoy a multifaceted relationship encompassing all areas of contemporary relevance, and India has emerged as a pre-eminent partner in development and commercial activities across Sri Lanka.

"I am confident that the warm and friendly relations that have long existed between our two countries will continue to be strengthened and consolidated under your able stewardship.

"I keenly look forward to working with you in close cooperation to realize this goal."

President Rajapaksa together with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. Bangladesh Speaker Shirin Chaudhury and Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam attended the swearing-in ceremony held at forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan yesterday.





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