The Sunday Leader

Norway, Australia Offer Support

Norway and Australia have offered support to new President Maithripala Sirisena to promote reconciliation and a peaceful, inclusive, democratic Sri Lanka.

‘I congratulate the people of Sri Lanka on Thursday’s presidential election and the country’s new president, Maithripala Sirisena, on his victory,’ said Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

“I commend the Elections Commissioner, the election observers and all others for the part they played in ensuring that the people were able to exercise their democratic right to vote,” said Prime Minister Solberg.

“I look forward to working with the newly elected president, Maithripala Sirisena, and his Government to promote a peaceful, inclusive and democratic Sri Lanka,” said Prime Minister Solberg.

Meanwhile, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said that she commended outgoing President Rajapaksa for his acceptance of the results and undertakings for a peaceful and orderly transition of power.

She also said that the Australian government congratulates Maithripala Sirisena on his election win and wishes him well in implementing his mandate for democratic reform, good governance and anti-corruption.

“We look forward to working with the new government in support of this agenda, to further develop our strong bilateral relationship, and to address shared regional and global challenges,” she said.

Bishop said that Australia’s close and long-standing bilateral relationship with Sri Lanka is founded upon extensive people-to-people links, growing trade and investment ties, an effective development partnership and close cooperation on security and transnational crime, particularly countering people smuggling.

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