Singapore leaders congratulate new Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on victory

Sri Lanka's newly elected President, Mr Mithripala Sirisena, waving at the media as he leaves election commission in Colombo on Jan 9, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Sri Lanka's newly elected President, Mr Mithripala Sirisena, waving at the media as he leaves election commission in Colombo on Jan 9, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Singapore's top leaders yesterday congratulated newly elected Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on his victory, expressing confidence that he could lead his nation to greater heights.

President Tony Tan Keng Yam said Mr Sirisena's victory "is a testament of the faith that the people have in your leadership".

Adding that Singapore has consistently supported national reconciliation, peace and progress in Sri Lanka, he said: "We hope that the positive momentum in Sri Lanka's reconstruction and development efforts will continue."

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in his congratulatory letter, said he was confident that under Mr Sirisena's leadership, "Sri Lanka will continue on its current path of peace and progress and grow to greater heights".

Noting that ties between Singapore and Sri Lanka are warm and longstanding, he said he looked forward to growing these ties and taking the two sides' relations forward.