Delhi: Asserting that India and Sri Lanka have a “long-standing friendship”, the island nation President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday said that he would take the bilateral relationship to a “higher level”. In his first comment to media after arriving here on Thursday, the newly elected president said that Colombo and New Delhi need to “work together” for economic development and security of their people. “It is my first overseas visit after assuming duties as a president of Sri Lanka. I want to express my gratitude to the India government to the President and the Prime Minister,” Rajapaksa said. “My expectations are very high. As my tenure as the President, I want to take the relationship between Sri Lanka and India to a higher level,” he added.