France, UK welcome UNP victory

France and UK have welcomed the election of UNP-led new government. The French embassy in Colombo issued the following statement: "France welcomes the smooth running of the parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka, which saw high turnout amongst the population.

This poll marked one more step forward towards strengthening democracy. We hope it will also help continue the action taken since the election of President Maithripala Sirisena in support of human rights and inter-community reconciliation.

France stands alongside the Sri Lankan authorities and people in this process and intends to work with the new government to strengthen our bilateral relations.

The British High Commission in Colombo British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond as having said: "On behalf of the British Government, I send my warmest congratulations to Ranil Wickremesinghe on the occasion of his victory. The manner in which the election was run was a credit to the Sri Lankan people. The UK is and will remain a steadfast partner for Sri Lanka as it continues on the path towards delivering reconciliation and a lasting peace across the country. I look forward to continued work with Mr Wickremesinghe and the new government."

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