President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday congratulated her Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa on his re-election as the head of that country.
In her message, Patil said, "Please accept my heartiest congratulations on your electoral victory. I am confident that under your continued leadership, Sri Lanka will attain greater heights and find lasting peace.
"India and Sri Lanka share historically close and friendly relations. I wish to assure you of India's commitment to further deepen our relations with Sri Lanka. We look forward to working with you, towards this end for the mutual benefit of our people."
64-year-old incumbent Mahinda Rajapaska today emerged victorious in the bitterly-fought and first post-LTTE era Presidential elections against former army chief Sarath Fonseka.