The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe, spoke on the telephone with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih this afternoon to congratulate him on his party’s strong electoral performance in the recently held Maldives Majlis elections of 2019, which witnessed the Maldives’ Democratic Party secure 65 out of a possible 87 seats in Parliament.

President Solih accepted the Prime Minister’s congratulations and thanked him for his call. President Solih expressed that he felt humbled by the strong level of support that the citizens of the Maldives have shown in the Government and reiterated his commitment to delivering on their pledges to the Maldivian people.

The Prime Minister and President then spoke with respect to the longstanding and friendly relations between the Maldives and Sri Lanka and expressed their mutual eagerness to cooperate on a range of bilateral issues, especially in the spheres of tourism, increasing bilateral and regional trade and private sector collaboration. Concluding the call, the President wished both the Prime Minister and President of Sri Lanka a Happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year in advance.