Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena has summoned the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Alaina B. Teplitz to convey the Government’s objections to the US ban on Army Commander Shavendra Silva.
The Foreign Minister said that he has asked to meet the Ambassador tomorrow (Sunday) morning.
Meanwhile, it was reported that the Sri Lankan Government had expressed outrage to the US Government over moves to ban current Commander of the Sri Lanka Army and Acting Chief of Defence Staff Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, even before the formal announcement was made by the US.
The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz had called on Foreign Affairs Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha on Friday (14) and informed him of a decision to ban Silva.
Aryasinha had explained the Government position on the allegations against Silva and its objections to a ban on him.
The US Embassy in Colombo confirmed that the Ambassador had met the Foreign Affairs Secretary on Friday. The Embassy however did not comment on the specific discussion the Ambassador had with regard to the Army Commander. “The Ambassador and Foreign (Affairs) Secretary discussed a range of issues that represent the breadth of the US-Sri Lanka relationship,” the US Embassy said. (Colombo Gazette)