MR invites Pranab to Lanka

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today invited Indian President elect Pranab Mukherjee to visit Sri Lanka, the President’s office said.

President’s spokesman Bandula Jayasekera said that the invitation was extended when President Rajapaksa telephoned Mukherjee this evening to congratulate him on winning the Presidential elections in India.

Mukherjee, who is scheduled to take oaths as the 13th President of India on Wednesday, had been very active on Sri Lanka when he was the Indian External Affairs Minister.

He has been to Sri Lanka on previous occasions as well. Mukherjee was the Indian Finance Minister just before he contested for the post of President.