Sri Lanka’s new leader urged by Japan to promote national reconciliation.

EconomyNext – Japan, a major investor and aid giver to Sri Lanka, has called on the island’s new President Maithripala Sirisena to work together with all parties concerned to promote national reconciliation.

Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in a statement said Japan welcomes the peaceful presidential election in Sri Lanka on Thursday and congratulated Sirisena, the main opposition candidate, for his election as the island’s next president.

"Japan hopes that, under the leadership of President-elect Sirisena, all parties concerned in Sri Lanka will work together to further promote national reconciliation, democracy and economic development," he said.

Japan also commended former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his decision to transfer power "in a smooth and peaceful manner respecting the will of the people of Sri Lanka".

Kishida said Japan will continue to support Sri Lanka’s efforts in national reconciliation, democracy and economic development and "further develop our cooperative relationship."

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