President Maithripala Sirisena has sent a message to President of India Pranab Mukherjee thanking the Indian President for his message of congratulations sent on his election as the President of Sri Lanka.
"I deeply appreciate your message of felicitation on my election as the President of Sri Lanka," President Sirisena said in his message to President Mukherjee.
President Sirisena, who is scheduled to visit India on February 15-18, 2015 at the invitation of the Indian President, said both "India and Sri Lanka enjoy a deep and abiding relationship founded on ancient civilizational and cultural links, shared histories, close centuries-old people-to-people contact, complemented substantially by shared values of pluralism and democracy."
"I share very much your desire to further strengthen the excellent bilateral relations and look forward to earnestly work together to elevate our engagement to greater heights for the mutual benefit of our peoples," Sri Lankan President said.
"Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration and best wishes for your continued good health and happiness and for the prosperity of the friendly people of India," he added.