US ties with Russia under Trump will solve problems: Rajapaksa

 Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa's 10-year rule saw a thorny relationship with US President Barack Obama's administration.

PTI| Last Updated: Nov 19, 2016, 14:40 PM IST

Colombo: Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa has said a closer relationship between the US and Russia under Donald Trump's presidency would help solve most of the world's problems.

"I believe their (Trump-Russia) relationship would result in solving most of the problems", Rajapaksa told reporters marking his 71st birthday here yesterday.

Talking about the impact of Trump's presidency on Sri Lanka, Rajapaksa said, "We hope US interference in our country would decrease (under Trump)."

Rajapaksa's 10-year rule saw a thorny relationship with President Barack Obama's administration.

The Democratic Party government led as many as three UN Human Rights Council resolutions on the Rajapaksa government's human rights accountability.

Rajapaksa blamed his 2015 election defeat on certain international governments.