Deposed Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa will temporarily stay in Thailand to look for permanent asylum in another country, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said.
“This is a humanitarian issue. We have made a promise that it’s a temporary stay. No [political] activities are allowed, and this will help him find a country to take refuge in,” Gen Prayut said, according to Thailand Media.
Reuters earlier said that Gotabya Rajapaksa would arrive in Thailand on Thursday (11) from Singapore.
Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said the ousted president can stay in Thailand for 90 days as he is still a diplomatic passport holder.
Don said the Sri Lankan government did not oppose the visit and the Thai government would not make accommodation arrangements for him. The visit would not pose conflicts with Colombo as acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe had worked for him when he was in power, he added.
The minister said a condition for his stay was that he not cause problems for Thailand. (Colombo Gazette)