Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa today accepted an invitation to attend a Government meeting to discuss the damage caused to Sri Lanka as a result of the fire on the X-Press Pearl ship.
Minister of Ports and Shipping, Rohitha Abeygunawardena extended the invitation to Premadasa in Parliament today.
He invited Premadasa to attend the meeting scheduled to be held on Monday with the participation of the Ministers of Ports and Shipping, Justice, Environment, Fishing and Foreign Affairs.
“Let us set a new example. Let us get together and address this,” Abeygunawardena said.
The invitation was extended after Premadasa made comments related to the damage caused to the environment by the X-Press Pearl ship.
Over 170 turtles, 20 dolphins and 4 whales have been killed as a result of the fire on the X-Press Pearl ship.
The owners of the X-Press Pearl ship had agreed to pay an interim compensation to Sri Lanka to cover the cost of damage caused by the fire on the ship.
The X-Press Pearl vessel which was carrying cargo with chemicals had caught fire due to an explosion off the coast of Colombo last month.
Eight containers with cargo had fallen into the sea after which debris and packages had washed ashore along the coast from Colombo to Negombo.
The ship eventually sank in Sri Lankan waters. (Colombo Gazette)