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Rashtrapati Bhavan : 09.02.2015

President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee has received a message from H.E. Maithripala Sirisena, the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in response to the message of congratulations sent on his election as the President of Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lankan President is scheduled to visit India on February 15-18, 2015 at the invitation of the President of India.

In his message, the President of Sri Lanka has said:

"I deeply appreciate your message of felicitation on my election as the President of Sri Lanka.

India and Sri Lanka enjoy a deep and abiding relationship founded on ancient civilizational and cultural links, shared histories, close centuries-old people-to-people contact, complemented substantially by shared values of pluralism and democracy.

I share very much your desire to further strengthen the excellent bilateral relations and look forward to earnestly work together to elevate our engagement to greater heights for the mutual benefit of our peoples.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration and best wishes for your continued good health and happiness and for the prosperity of the friendly people of Indiaā€¯.

This Press Release issued at 1845 hrs.