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Narendra Modi congratulates Mahinda Rajapaksa on becoming Sri Lankan PM

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi congratulated Mahinda Rajapaksa just hours after he was appointed Sri Lanka’s new prime minister this morning.

Modi sent out a tweet congratulating the elder Rajapaksa, and stating,

“I look forward to working closely with him for further strengthening fraternal India-Sri Lanka ties”.

Earlier this week Modi extended an invitation to Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the newly appointed president of Sri Lanka, to visit Delhi. The trip would mark Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s first official overseas visit as Sri Lanka’s president.