Abbott heralds new Sri Lanka president

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has congratulated Sri Lanka's new president on his election win. (AAP)

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has offered his congratulations to newly-elected Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has congratulated Sri Lanka's new president on his election win.

Mr Abbott congratulated Maithripala Sirisena overnight following his victory over veteran strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday.

The prime minister underlined the strength of the relationship between the two countries and says he is looking forward to Sri Lanka's continuing co-operation on the Commonwealth and people smuggling.

Source AAP

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