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* Sri Lankan President invites new Indonesian President to visit Sri Lanka
Sat, Jul 26, 2014, 08:23 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa has invited newly elected President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo to visit Sri Lanka as the two countries enjoy excellent bilateral relations.

President Rajapaksa telephoned the newly elected Indonesian President to offer congratulations on his decisive victory at the recently concluded Presidential elections, External Affairs Ministry said in a statement today.

Jakarta Governor, Joko Widodo with 53.15 percent of the votes emerged as the clear winner over his rival, Prabowo Subianto who secured 48.85 percent.

During a telephone conversation last Thursday (24th July), while felicitating President-elect Widodo, on taking the mantle of leading the 4th most populous country in the world, President Rajapaksa extended an invitation to him to undertake a State visit to Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka and Indonesia enjoy excellent bilateral relations, dating back to the era of the Sri Vijaya dynasty, reinforced by mutual trust, abiding goodwill and friendship.

Widodo is expected to be formally sworn in as the seventh President of Indonesia on 20th October 2014.

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