Sri Lankan polls: PM Modi congratulates Sirisena on poll victory

New Delhi, Jan 9, 2014 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called up Maithripala Sirisena to congratulate him on his victory in the Sri Lankan polls and assured him of India's continued solidarity and support to the country's peace and development.

'As a close friend and neighbour, reaffirmed India's continued solidarity and support for Sri Lanka’s peace, development and prosperity,' the Prime Minister said.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa conceded defeat in Sri Lanka's tightest ever presidential race, with cumulative results showing opposition candidate Sirisena ahead.

With final result yet to be declared, Sirisena is expected to be declared winner by around 4,00,000 votes.

Sri Lankans had yesterday voted in large numbers in the bitterly contested presidential election in the biggest political shake-up in over a decade.

Courtesy Niti Central

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