Sri Lanka’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa met with both Indian and Chinese officials in Colombo last night, just hours before he was sworn in as prime minister.
The elder Rajapaksa met Indian external affairs minister S Jaishankar, and said they discussed "strengthening of the already existing bilateral relations between our two nations”. His son, Namal Rajapaksa, was also present at the meeting.
Rajapaksa also met with Cheng Xueyuan, China’s ambassador to Sri Lanka, who he claimed congratulated the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) on its “landslide victory at the Presidential elections held last week”.
“We discussed the further strengthening of the already existing bilateral relations between both our nations,” Rajapaksa added.