The British Prime Minister David Cameron in a congratulatory message wished the newly elected President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena well in taking every opportunity to lead a stable, prosperous, united country.
The British PM congratulated Maithripala Sirisena on his victory in the Presidential election and credited all those involved and the people of Sri Lanka for a peaceful election.
"When I visited Sri Lanka I saw the huge potential the country has, and wish him well in taking every opportunity to help realize this potential and lead a stable, prosperous, united country. These peaceful, democratic elections are a credit to all those involved and the people of Sri Lanka," Cameron said.
He commended the outgoing President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his commitment to ensure smooth transfer of power.
"I welcome the fact that outgoing President Rajapaksa has accepted the democratic will of the people and committed to ensuring a smooth transfer of power," he said.
Cameron encouraged the new President to support the ongoing UN investigation into Sri Lanka's alleged war time human rights abuses.
"I encourage President-elect Sirisena to support the ongoing UN Office of the High Commission for Human Rights investigation into human rights abuses so that the issues of the past can be addressed and the country can move forward to a brighter, peaceful future where all Sri Lankans can play a role," the British Prime Minister said.