Washington, Jan 9: The US on Friday hailed the outcome of Sri Lanka's presidential election and said it looked forward to working with president-elect Maithripala Sirirsena.
He said in a statement that the Sri Lankan people "deserve great credit on the successful conclusion of their elections.
"They turned out in great numbers to exercise their democratic rights, and every vote was a victory for Sri Lanka.
"I commend President (Mahinda) Rajapaksa for accepting the results of the election in the proud tradition of peaceful and orderly transfers of power in Sri Lanka.
"His words tonight about accepting the verdict of the people and moving forward are important," Kerry said.