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Western diplomats shun meeting with FM on political crisis

12 November 2018 10:34 pm - 25     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Eight Western countries stayed away from the meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama on Monday to register their protest against President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve parliament, Reuters reported quoting diplomatic and government sources.

Foreign Minister Amunugama called the heads of 43 foreign missions for a meeting on the political situation on Monday but only a handful turned up, the sources said.

The ambassadors of Britain, Netherlands, Norway, France, Australia, South Africa, Italy, and Canada did not attend the meeting while European Union, the United States, and Germany sent representatives, the sources said.

India, Sri Lanka’s nearest neighbour, sent a junior representative.

Western governments are especially concerned that the return to power of wartime nationalist strongman Rajapaksa could endanger halting steps toward national reconciliation, Reuters said.

  Comments - 25

  • Diplomacy Monday, 12 November 2018 11:02 PM

    MRs diplomacy will not work with western contries. You are trying to fool all of us but your cunning diplomacy will not work with those countries not attended your meeting.

    Devalei Kudda Monday, 12 November 2018 11:10 PM

    Indiawen onna awa inexperience junior RAW ekkek. Dan suthutudha?

    concern Monday, 12 November 2018 11:11 PM

    Same gang who had claws in our country.

    Mukesh Monday, 12 November 2018 11:14 PM

    Seems like western powers already coceded their beloved's defeat

    SIRI Monday, 12 November 2018 11:19 PM

    Not to worry...BURUNDI may have come!!

    Max Monday, 12 November 2018 11:24 PM

    Yet another instance to prove these countries have double standards. They fear the new govt will not knee to the west and specially to the LTTE rump.

    mandayan Monday, 12 November 2018 11:25 PM

    When the Executive Presidency constitution submitted in parliament in 1978, late veteran parliamentarian Dr N M Perera raised, this question: Hon Speaker, in the future, if a madman became president what would happen? What would be the way out for the nation?But because JRJ thought he is immortal and will be in power eternally, he laughed off. Now.....

    Niroshan Tuesday, 13 November 2018 11:16 AM

    No mandayan,,, JR wanted power, that’s true,, but he didn’t want to stay in power eternally,,, he gracefully left after his 2 terms,,

    RAVI Monday, 12 November 2018 11:37 PM

    The Minister must have had meeting with Chinese ambassadors. It doesn't matter for the minister but it is very shame for entire country.

    GH Monday, 12 November 2018 11:41 PM

    Western powers need to create LTTE culture in Sri Lanka which fellow citizens of Sri Lanka totally reject.

    mervin Monday, 12 November 2018 11:43 PM

    To be shunned by a majority of key states while some others simply obliged with low level representation, including India do not augur well for Sri Lanka. The stand taken by South Africa is a clear message that even countries that do not simply fall in line with the "so called" western block are not happy at all with the course of events triggered by the President whose main grievance is only one single individual- Ranil. Irony of ironies the one person who single-handedly propelled him to this position.

    Buddhi Perera Monday, 12 November 2018 11:57 PM

    Although we don't like their interfering, what can people do when our so called rulers are behaving in unethical and unbelievable ways.

    chandra Tuesday, 13 November 2018 12:00 AM

    MS told us all world with me. What happened now. Ashamed. Do not do cunning things.

    ravin Tuesday, 13 November 2018 12:29 AM

    Oh! seems to be having excellent foreign policy. get wansa to have a hunger strike.

    Gamay. Tuesday, 13 November 2018 12:52 AM

    What about all the bad things said about Mahinda Rajapakse just before coming to power.

    ACA Tuesday, 13 November 2018 01:07 AM

    Crooks send Sri Lanka again to the dustbin.

    Jude Tuesday, 13 November 2018 01:11 AM

    Thank you for Snubbing the SL FM !!! More to be done!!??

    Unchikun Tuesday, 13 November 2018 07:13 AM

    This is very interesting. The government is not recognized by some counters. More will follow.

    wijebahu Tuesday, 13 November 2018 07:14 AM

    only banana republics present.

    mschacht Tuesday, 13 November 2018 07:17 AM

    I am a US tourist Scuba diver and photographer planning a two week trip to Sri Lanka. The current political crisis is causing me to question my plans

    Perumal Tuesday, 13 November 2018 07:22 AM

    All this time I regarded Amunugama as a wise matured person. Oh, appearances deceive us!

    Missaka Tuesday, 13 November 2018 07:33 AM

    It disgusting to see how our country succumbed to the International verdicts. Spineless politicians made it happened worst!

    Nimal Tuesday, 13 November 2018 07:42 AM


    Ronnie Bugger Tuesday, 13 November 2018 10:47 AM

    What a snub, Mr. Foreign Affairs. Agree that the shit has hit the fan rather than trying to portray Sri Lanka as very democratic to the international community.

    Raju Sally Wednesday, 14 November 2018 09:02 PM

    The verdict of the Supreme Court shows the President's 'village' and slimy attitude! Now RW who is not popular should honourably leave and hand over the reins to his younger deputy SP.

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