Sept 24 Colombo: Sri Lanka today welcomed the victory of Opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih who defeated President Abdulla Yameen at the Maldives' presidential election.
"Sri Lanka welcomes the Joint Opposition candidate Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih securing victory following the election in the Maldives where the people exercised their franchise in a decisive manner to uphold their commitment to democracy and the rule of law," Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement.
"We commend the government and the people of the Maldives for the conduct of a successful election process that was free, fair, and peaceful," it said.
Sri Lanka Foreign Affairs Ministry congratulating Mr. Solih, said it looked forward to working with the new President and hopes to enhance the bilateral relations with the island country.
"Although the Election Commission has not as yet announced the final results, we congratulate Mr. Solih on his victory and look forward to working closely with him and the people of the Maldives in pursuing the elevation of relations between the Maldives and Sri Lanka to greater heights."