Sirisena telephones Modi in damage control attempt

President Maithripala Sirisena telephoned Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today in what was seen as a damage control attempt after a media report stated that Sirisena had accused RAW of being involved in a plot to kill him.

Modi’s office said that the President of Sri Lanka stated that he categorically rejected the reports in sections of the media about him alluding to the involvement of India in any manner whatsoever in an alleged plot to assassinate the President and a former Defence Secretary of Sri Lanka.

He mentioned that the “mischievous and malafide reports” were utterly baseless and false, and seemed intended to create misunderstanding between the two leaders as well as damage the cordial relations between the two friendly neighbours.

The President apprised the Indian Prime Minister of the urgent steps taken by him personally and the Government of Sri Lanka to publicly reject these reports. In this context, he also recalled his meeting with the High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka today morning.

The President also stated that he regards the Prime Minister as a true friend of Sri Lanka, as also a close personal friend.

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 strengtheing them.

The Prime Minister appreciated the prompt steps taken by the President and his Government to firmly refute the malicious reports by publicly clarifying the matters.

He also reiterated India’s emphasis on ‘neighbourhood first’ policy and the priority the Government of India and he personally attach to developing even stronger all-round cooperation between the two countries. (Colombo Gazette)

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