His Excellency President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has sent a message of congratulations to His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, following his assumption of office. The text of President Solih’s message reads as follows:
On behalf of the Government and the people of the Maldives, and my own behalf, may I extend to Your Excellency my sincere good wishes and congratulations, as you assume the Office of the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
I have no doubt that under your able leadership and wise guidance, Sri Lanka will usher in a new era of development and prosperity for the people and the country.
The Maldives attaches great importance to its longstanding bonds of friendship and cooperation with Sri Lanka. As the closest of neighbours and enjoying centuries-old friendship, our bilateral relations remain closely intertwined and unique, that goes way beyond formal diplomatic relations. I am therefore confident that the cooperation between the Maldives and Sri Lanka will continue and be further strengthened during your tenure.
I look forward to working closely with Your Excellency and your new Government, for the mutual benefit of the people of both our countries.
Please accept, Excellency, my best wishes for your health and wellbeing.”