New Delhi: Welcoming the end of 51-day power tussle in Sri Lanka with Ranil Wickremesinghe being sworn in again as Prime Minister of the island nation, India on Sunday said,”As a close neighbour and true friend, we welcome the resolution of the political situation in the country.”
“This is a reflection of the maturity demonstrated by all political forces, and also of the resilience of Sri Lankan democracy and its institutions. India remains committed to taking forward its people oriented development projects in Sri Lanka. We are confident that India-Sri Lanka relations will continue to move on an upward trajectory,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to media queries.
Earlier in the day, Wickremesinghe, the 69-year-old United National Party leader, was administered the oath of office by President Sirisena, who had sacked him on October 26 and installed former rival and ex-strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place.
“Today marks a victory not for myself or for the UNP. It is a victory for Sri Lanka’s democratic institutions and the sovereignty of our citizens. I thank everyone who stood firm in defending the constitution and ensuring the triumph of democracy,” Wickremesinghe said after assuming office.
Speaking to media, UNP lawmakers said that Wickremesinghe’s appointment “had restored democracy in the country and the new government would now work towards strengthening the economy and unveiling new proposals”.
Notably, Wickremesinghe’s reinstatement comes a day after Rajapaksa resigned, after two crucial Supreme Court decisions made his efforts to cling to premiership untenable.
(With inputs from agencies)