Sirisena greets UK’s new Premier and wishes her strength, good luck

Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May delivers her keynote address on the second day of the Conservative party annual conference in ManchesterPresident Maithripala Sirisena has wished Britain’s new Prime Minister Theresa May strength and good luck as she took office yesterday replacing David Cameron.

“Wishing @theresa_may  strength and good luck as she begins to lead the United Kingdom in this important period of transition,” the President tweeted.

Meanwhile former President Mahinda Rajapaksa also greeted the new British Prime Minister saying she has been entrusted with the onerous task of steering her country through the process of leaving the European Union and charting a new course in the world.

“Though many have expressed dismay over Britain’s departure from the EU,many Commonwealth nations including Sri Lanka have already shown keen interest in negotiating trade agreements with Britain and this new situation undoubtedly opens up new opportunities for the larger body of nations outside the EU,” he said.

Rajapaksa said that given her central role in the Commonwealth, Great Britain has a major role to play in taking the lead to ensure the sovereignty, stability, territorial integrity and prosperity of Commonwealth nations.

“The recent experience of the European Union has demonstrated that political instability in one country can spread throughout a region and have a devastating impact on far off nations as well. I believe this makes the internal stability of nations the most important political need in today’s world,” he added.