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Ghani congratulates new Sri Lankan president

Ghani congratulates new Sri Lankan president

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Nov 19, 2019 - 17:36

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday sent congratulatory message to the newly-elected president of Sri Lanka Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

Rajapaksa was on Monday sworn in as the Sri Lankan president a day after he was declared the winner in the closely fought election in the South Asian island nation.

Rajapaksa, who is the first retired military officer to assume the top office, appealed to minority Tamils and Muslims - who form about 20 percent of Sri Lanka's 22 million population - to rally around him.

President Ghani tweeted, “I wish Pres. Rajapaksa the best, hoping that the strong ties between Afghanistaninfo-icon and Sri Lanka in future as well.”

Ghani said, “Afghanistan and Sri Lanka have had notable achievements in developing friendly, bilateral relations.

However, he said, more potential existed to be realized in bolstering ties between the two nations.

“Indeed, our presence in a common region with many shared challenges and opportunities, which must be addressed and taken advantage of jointly, can help deepen our bilateral relationship.”

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