Sri Lanka claims unearthing plot to kill president
Sri Lanka claims unearthing plot to kill president
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19 October, 2018, 14:49
Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena made a telephone call to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, specifically to reject a report about an Indian security agency's purported involvement in an alleged plot to assassinate him.
This is not the first time a Sri Lankan leader has accused the Indian agency of interference.
Sri Lankan government also rejected the media reports as "baseless and false".
Even before Sirisena spoke to the Indian premier, Sri Lanka's foreign ministry issued a statement that described the media reports as "baseless and false".
Senaratne, also the Minister of Health, read out a statement by Cabinet Secretary S Abeysinghe which said the president had not said anything about RAW plotting to assassinate him.
Sirisena also reiterated that PM Modi is a true friend of Sri Lanka and a close personal friend.
Reports regarding an assassination plot emerged when one person by the name, Namal Kumara, who was part of an anti-corruption outfit claimed that he was aware of the plan to assassinate Sirisena and Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
"The President (in the cabinet meeting) highlighted the importance of Sri Lanka having a deep sea port terminal in the interest of the national economy", said the statement. Trump may not be aware of CIA's similar moves, Sirisena said according to The Hindu report. He also referred to his meeting with the Indian high commissioner in Colombo on Wednesday morning to discuss the matter. He said that such reports were meant to create a rift between the two leaders and mar the cordial ties between the 2 countries.
The media reports came ahead of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's visit to New Delhi for talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speed up India-backed projects, including the East Terminal project, in the island nation.
While rejecting the media reports, the statement by Sri Lankan President's office admitted that discussions over progress of investigation into the alleged assassination plot and the development of a Colombo Port terminal did indeed take place at the cabinet meeting.
"He stressed that he greatly valued the mutually beneficial ties between India and Sri Lanka, and remained steadfast to work with the Prime Minister for futher strengthening them".
"The Ministry wishes to emphasize that relations between Sri Lanka and India including at the highest levels of government are strong, encompassing multiple spheres including intelligence sharing", it added.
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