Jan 24, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has expressed hope that relations with the United States will continue to expand and under the Obama administration.
In a congratulatory message to President Barack Obama on his re-election, President Rajapaksa has said the "traditionally robust partnership in political, economic, social and cultural spheres" between the two countries will continue to thrive and expand.
"I am confident that under your stewardship, relations between our two countries will continue to further flourish and expand into new vistas of cooperation," Sri Lankan President has said in his message.
The full text of President Rajapaksa's message:
His Excellency Barack Obama
President of the United States of America
I wish to extend my felicitations on Your Excellency's assumption of office for a second term following your recent re-election as the President of the United States of America.I have no doubt that your able leadership and experience will continue to steer your country into a period of enhanced growth and prosperity. The overwhelming support you received from the people of the United States manifests the trust and confidence placed in you.
During your first term of office, you were able to guide your country successfully through a period of global economic turbulence, and courageously push ahead with policy reforms that helped improve the economic conditions of the vulnerable segments in society.
Sri Lanka and the United States enjoy a traditionally robust partnership in political, economic, social and cultural spheres. I am confident that under your stewardship, relations between our two countries will continue to further flourish and expand into new vistas of cooperation. I look forward to working with you to further strengthen and consolidate our bilateral ties.
Please accept Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration and best wishes for your health, happiness and success in your tenure of office.
President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka