Colombo: Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denied the allegations that India’s intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) has plotted to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena. The claims in the matter are disappointing and the media had distorted the subject matter discussed by Sri Lanka President, stated the Ministry. Also Read - Sri Lankan Political Parties File Petitions Challenging President Maithripala Sirisena's Parliament Dissolution
A report about Tuesday’s meeting falsely quoted President Sirisena as saying, “The Indian national must be a RAW agent trying to kill me. The Indian PM may not be aware. That is often the case. Trump may not be aware of CIA’s similar moves.” Also Read - Lankan President talks to PM Modi over 'mischievous' assassination reports, calls him 'true friend'
Sri Lankan newspaper Sunday Times on Wednesday quoted Sri Lankan President’s Advisor and Coordinating Secretary, Shiral Lakthilaka as saying, “The President had spoken in general terms about secret services of countries attempting to assassinate leaders. This happens even in America, the President said, and added that the Prime Minister of India might not be aware of it. There was no mention of RAW at all.” Also Read - Rajnath Singh Reviews PM's Security After Police Claim 'Rajiv Gandhi-Type' Assassination Plot
All the media reports that has been attributed to President Sirisena alleging involvement of Indian RAW plotting to assassinate him were clarified as ‘baseless’ and ‘false’ by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombo.
The statement issued by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has caused widespread social media speculation stirring fear among the general public, according to a report. The matter has come to the forefront days before Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s scheduled visit to New Delhi, to discuss bilateral matters with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Joint Cabinet Spokesperson Minister (Dr) Rajitha Senaratne had also refuted the media reports during Cabinet Media briefing on Wednesday morning.
(With ANI inputs)