Colombo always ready to welcome Sri Lankans, including former Maldivian President Yameen

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe spoke to outgoing Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen on Tuesday and said he was always welcome in Colombo, according to official sources.

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Mr. Wickremesinghe also met former President Mohamed Nasheed for lunch on Monday, after Ibrahim Mohamed Solih defeated Mr. Yameen in 2018 Maldivian elections and later wished Mr. Solih on his victory over a call. The city is home to more than 10,000 Maldivians, mostly students, professionals and patients among self self-exiled Maldivians. Bilateral ties between the neighbours have remained positive for decades, with Sri Lanka mostly refraining from commenting on the Maldives’s internal affairs.

The Opposition would now focus on a transition plan, according to sources. Unlike in parliamentary systems, the presidential term is fixed, and Mr. Solih will be sworn in when Mr. Yameen’s term officially ends on November 17. President- elect Ibrahim Mohammad Solih also confirmed on live television that he had accepted an invitation from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sources close to him said that his visit to New Delhi was likely to be his first state visit abroad.

Meanwhile, President-elect Solih participated in his Maldivian Democratic Party’s national council meeting.

Edited by- Disha Jana