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* U.S. congratulates Sri Lanka President on parliamentary election victory
Sun, Apr 11, 2010, 12:07 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 11, Colombo: The United States yesterday congratulated the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) for their historic victory in the first nationwide parliamentary election in decades.

A statement issued by the U.S. Embassy in Colombo said this victory, coupled with the President's win in January's contest, provides a mandate to move forward on the important issues the President discussed during the campaign, such as national and ethnic reconciliation, decentralizing power, economic development, and securing human rights.

"We look forward to working with the newly elected Sri Lankan government and hope to strengthen the historical ties of friendship and cooperation between our nations," the statement added.

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