MR’s US visit not official

President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to the United States is not official and so he will not be having discussions with the American government.

President’s spokesman Mohan Samaranayake said that the President was in the US to meet Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne who is in hospital.

He said that there were no official meetings scheduled with US government members as it was a private visit.

There was speculation that President Rajapaksa may have talks with the US government after he met Prime Minister Jayaratne in hospital.