In a letter addressed to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

President Ranil Wickremesinghe extended his heartiest congratulations to the Prime Minister, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and the people of India on the remarkable achievement of Chandrayaan-3’s successful soft landing on the lunar south pole for the first time in history.

The President upheld that Sri Lanka has India as its closest neighbour, sharing a robust, timeless relationship with both countries being members of the South Asian family, and observed that it is with immense pride that the nation is celebrating this historic and momentous achievement.

President Wickremesinghe underscored the global significance of Prime Minister Modi’s magnanimous gesture of dedicating this success to all of humanity, which he noted would inspire generations to pursue the advancement of scientific and technological progress. He bestowed his best wishes for success in India’s endeavours to attain its future vision of exploring other planets in the solar system.