Responding to reports of ‘preferential’ treatment to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s sons upon arrival in Qatar, Sri Lankan Ambassador to that country A.S.P Liyanage said that he broke no diplomatic protocols and therefore did nothing wrong.
Liyanage faced criticism when photographs of him carrying the bags of Yoshitha and Rohitha Rajapaksa at an airport in Doha went viral earlier this month.
The ambassador carried a bag, while a colleague brought two other bags in a trolley.
“I did nothing wrong. These are boys that I have seen grow up and when I saw them struggling with several bags I naturally stepped in to help. I would have done that to anyone in such a situation,” he said.
The two Rajapaksa sons were part of the team of Sri Lankan rugby players invited by the embassy to participate in the Ambassadors Rugby Cup.
“As the embassy had invited the team to participate in the matches, we thought it was only right that we welcome the team at the airport. The Sri Lanka Navy rugby team will also be arriving in Qatar for a match soon and we will accord them the same privileges,” Liyanage concluded.
Meanwhile, MP Namal Rajapaksa said earlier that his brothers were very capable of handling malicious personal attacks on nonsensical matters.
“CH&FC was invited by the Doha Rugby Football Centre for a friendly match. The Sri Lankan Ambassador was at the airport to receive the team. My brothers are very capable of handling malicious personal attacks on nonsensical matters but keep CH&FC out from this delirious claims,” he tweeted.(Darshana Sanjeewa)
Dee Thursday, 11 October 2018 07:04
A diplomatic 'Porter'.
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Realist Thursday, 11 October 2018 14:52
He invited them to the Sri Lankan School in Doha. And these fellows came in shorts and skinny. The two sons addressed the students in the assembly in that dress code.
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Arnold Thursday, 11 October 2018 07:27
A.S.P Liyanage is going to be one of the richest persons in SL in the future.
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nimal Thursday, 11 October 2018 07:34
But I was made to understand you identified these goons "Honorable" in a speech. They are not Honorable at all.
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Jaliya Thursday, 11 October 2018 10:36
"Honorable" how about we replace that word with "Horrible" would be more in line with their behavior
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dayan Thursday, 11 October 2018 08:00
Broke protocols what he knows. That is his protocols.
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Gamaya Thursday, 11 October 2018 08:07
It is evident from the pics that his " boys" are carrying nothing. The Ambassador and the deputy are the porters! Who sends clowns like this as Sri Lankan Envoys?
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Ismath Thursday, 11 October 2018 08:11
ASP LIYANAGE is a long used washing machine of rajapakshas, so we better not to comment.
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Sumanadasa Thursday, 11 October 2018 08:14
I will be coming to Qatar next week and I would be having some heavy luggage. Since the High Commissioner has said that he would assust 'anyone' I expect him to come to the airport to carry my luggage as well.
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gamini Thursday, 11 October 2018 08:27
capable of handling malicial attacks, but not their luggage....Ha ha ha
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Vernon Thursday, 11 October 2018 08:30
You have broken protocol by accepting a ambassador position, without any basic qualification for it, except pumping money for the benefit of politicians. If a ruggerite cannot handle their own bags, are they real ruggerites?
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Zub Thursday, 11 October 2018 08:39
SL should have sent a porter instead of an Ambassador. Would like to see him carrying the baggages of some of our expat workers too.
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Jaliya Thursday, 11 October 2018 08:58
Two tough guys who wana play rugby but cannot carry their own heavy baggage ... they have to hire the luggage porter who happens to be a part time diplomat part time luggage handler. Did the two wimps at least tip the luggage porter ? Porter Liyanage has a better track record as an airport employee than a diplomat.
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sobers Thursday, 11 October 2018 09:00
Career diplomats maintain dignity, respect and professionalism. unfortunateley, when unqualified people are given appointments without suitable qualifications, you can't expect anything better. Look at neighboring India, you need to qualify in Foreign service to be appointed to high level positions. Political appointments are always for stooges.
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Johnson Thursday, 11 October 2018 09:06
Another slave of the Rajapakshas!
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Jude Thursday, 11 October 2018 09:07
Hey ASP , you're still the same Buffoon appeared on TV series!!!
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TONY Thursday, 11 October 2018 09:21
THEY FIND FAULT WITH IGP FOR BEING PEOPLE FRIENDLY SO WHY NOT FIND FAULT WITH ASP FOR ACTING AS PORTER FOR SELECTED PEOPLE? COULDN'T THESE BOYS USED THE TROLLEY LIKE OTHERS
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Alex Thursday, 11 October 2018 10:47
ASP Liyanage is nothing more than a porter.No educated diplomat would have represented Sri Lanka-Today, like this man.
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CITIZEN Thursday, 11 October 2018 10:48
"I only discharged my obligations towards MR family for what I am! I am even prepared to wash their linen, including their underwears!!" What a lie he made about the boys struggling with their baggages and he helped. The boys' hands are free and the only baggage is what he carries!!!
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Rodney Thursday, 11 October 2018 11:07
The boys who he saw grew are having their hands in the pockets , doesn’t seem to struggling with bags
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seneviratne Thursday, 11 October 2018 11:08
A S P keeps his deal with both sides. He will be a winner. Country of rogues who are stooges. qualified and experience people rest at home ?
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Rugged Thursday, 11 October 2018 11:13
My thoughts: young boys have more energy and they are fit to carry a tonnage! Especially if they also play rugger!! Is it that they just have 'inflated' muscles!!! ASP probably received a good 'santhosam'.
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Dhammika Thursday, 11 October 2018 11:16
ASP acted verse than police constable (PC).
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Rasheed Thursday, 11 October 2018 11:23
Is he qualified to be an Ambassador.? We should find fault with the Government for choosing him.
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Sanju Thursday, 11 October 2018 12:17
Delirious !!! From where did that pop up ???
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Ghost Thursday, 11 October 2018 13:18
You shattered the image of a respected tribe, that's what you did!!!!
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Iqbal Thursday, 11 October 2018 13:24
A disgrace to the position. Ambassadors are sent to countries to carryout duties entrusted in dignity.
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Gamini Thursday, 11 October 2018 15:50
Would Gamarla recall this porter?
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Vasa Thursday, 11 October 2018 17:35
Diplomat or DIPLOMUT
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Ashamed Citizen Thursday, 11 October 2018 18:07
Gaamarala's Choice.What can we expect from such wretched fellows.
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TONY Thursday, 11 October 2018 21:47
PROTOCOL MAY NOT HAVE BEEN BROKEN, BUT CERTAINLY DIGNITY BROUGHT DOWN TO EARTH LIKE IN RUGBY
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