By Jamila Najmuddin
The US Ambassador in Colombo has conveyed Sri Lanka’s concerns to the US State Department over the statement issued by them regarding the 18th Amendment.
US Ambassador Patricia Butenis met Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella in Colombo today where she informed the Minister that his statement and Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris’s statements were both conveyed to the US State Department.
Minister Rambukwella speaking to Daily Mirror online said that during the meeting he had once again conveyed Sri Lanka’s concerns over the statement and both parties had discussed the issue in length.
“Issues over the statement were discussed and the US Ambassador told me that she had conveyed the statements released by me and Professor G.L. Peiris to the US State Department. I once again conveyed Sri Lanka’s concerns during the meeting,” Minister Rambukwella said.
The Minister added that several others issues including future media activities were also discussed during the meeting.
The government yesterday called on the US to stop interfering in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka and added that they should refrain from making ‘unwarranted’ and ‘irresponsible’ comments about the island’s recent constitutional changes.
Minister Rambukwella said that the government would not consider any “unacceptable comments” after the US on Saturday released a statement condemning Sri Lanka's passage of a constitutional amendment granting the president vast new powers, saying it undermined democracy. (Daily Mirror online)