Former Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) member and current cabinet Minister Wimal Weerawansa slammed the Janatha Vimuthi Peramuna (JVP) for protesting against the visit of US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo.
The JVP staged a protest opposite the US Embassy in Colombo on Tuesday against the official visit of US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo to Sri Lanka. JVP supporters and members held placards near the embassy during the protest.
Weerawansa said that the JVP had failed to stage similar protests in the past.
Addressing the media today, Minister Weerawansa said that a group linked to Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa and the JVP had attempted to create unnecessary excitement over Pompeo’s visit, and had failed.
Sri Lanka is currently headed by a leader who is capable of holding discussions and entering into agreements with any world leader or country official while safeguarding the sovereignty of the country.
The Opposition failed to utter a single word when former US Secretary of State John Kerry and former US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power visited Sri Lanka during Ranil Wickremesinghe’s tenure as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
The JVP and Sajith Premadasa’s faction attempted to use the public’s distrust on the Government headed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa during Pompeo’s visit, Minister Wimal Weerawansa said.
The Minister further said that the two groups thought this move will pressurize the Government to sign the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement with the US.
However, visiting US Secretary of State Pompeo himself told Sri Lankan media that the final decision on signing the MCC agreement depends on the Sri Lankan Government and not the US Government.
Minister Wimal Weerawansa further accused the opposition for failing to raise objections when the MCC agreement was to be secretly signed at the Temple Trees or when an MCC affiliated office was in full operation from within the Temple Trees under the former Government.
Responding to a question raised by a journalist, Minister Wimal Weerawansa said that the Government is confident that the President and Prime Minister will never endorse any agreement that has a detrimental effect on the country. (Colombo Gazette)