The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:
On behalf of the British Government, I send my warmest congratulations to Ranil Wickremesinghe on the occasion of his victory. The manner in which the election was run was a credit to the Sri Lankan people. The UK is and will remain a steadfast partner for Sri Lanka as it continues on the path towards delivering reconciliation and a lasting peace across the country. I look forward to continued work with Mr Wickremesinghe and the new government.