MR-Keshap meeting: US Embassy non-committal

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In response to the news report published on a Tamil daily newspaper in Jaffna regarding a content of a meeting held between former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and outgoing US Ambassador Atul Keshap, the US Embassy today remained non-committal.

When the Daily Mirror inquired about the meeting, the Embassy said that the Ambassador met political leaders as a routine.

“The Ambassador meets routinely with political leaders, civil society and community leaders. The Ambassador honours the confidence of private meetings and does not discuss the contents of such meetings publicly.”

The Daily Mirror asked whether Ambassador Keshap had said, during the meeting, that the US and Western nations didn’t welcome the prospects of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa contesting polls and becoming President of Sri Lanka.

The Daily Mirror also asked whether the Embassy sought a clarification from the Tamil daily on the news report.

The said a news report had initially appeared on Jaffna based Tamil daily Kaalaikkathir edited by Senior Tamil Journalist Nadesapillai Vithyatharan, on June 12 about the said meeting, where Ambassador Keshap had reportedly said the US and the Western did not welcome the prospects of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa contesting and becoming the President of Sri Lanka. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

US won't allow Gota become President: Keshap to MR

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  • Ceylon Wednesday, 13 June 2018 08:18 PM

    Srilanka is one of the leading un civilise countries in the world.last 50 years killed 400,000 in this country.killings,roberies and thuggery are daily news.criminals of all kind are openly living freely and continue to do so.its safe heaven for criminals.average people are powerless and need helps from civilise world. Thursday, 14 June 2018 08:25 AM

    Leading un civilise countries? Maybe if you learn some grammer we can civilize it?

    Aj Thursday, 14 June 2018 08:50 AM

    USA is civilised which planet are u from

    sach Thursday, 14 June 2018 10:33 AM

    You must be talking about LTTE

    Royce Wednesday, 13 June 2018 08:29 PM

    It's funny how everyone is scared of gota

    H.M. Peter Silva [Merchant] Wednesday, 13 June 2018 09:25 PM

    Because he is a Terror and a murderer who killed so many innocent people in SriLanka. (Sinhalese and Tamils)

    Don Thursday, 14 June 2018 10:41 AM

    Well Gota has 2 faces.. the one he is showing to the public is a decent face with lot of ‘to do’ currage guy but he has immense anger within him self and can convert him self to a monster or a dictator with in a second. In simple words he is a psychopath but by the time people realize it will be too late.. he is Prabakaran number 2

    sil Saturday, 16 June 2018 05:08 PM

    @don, I still see his positive points,mostly due to current fellows inability,can you give his negative side with proofs

    Saradiel Wednesday, 13 June 2018 08:56 PM

    Ask Wimal , clear evidence of conspiracy by western governments against Rajapaksa family. On a serious note , may be they have an issue with one of their citizens becoming president of another country. Gota should get rid of the US citizen issue for good first. Then he is a free citizen of Sri Lanka and no one can dictate to him. Will he do it and show his loyalty to the motherland ? let's wait and see.

    Jude Thursday, 14 June 2018 10:32 AM

    Hey someone like Gota who RENOUNCED his SL Citizenship should never be eligible to contest SL Presidency!! Period!

    Citizen Sri Lanka Wednesday, 13 June 2018 08:56 PM

    Dear Mr Kasap Now that your term is over ..GOOD BYE..many thanks for everything you have done. Please let us worry about who will be our next president. Rest assured we will go through democratic channels. Good luck to you Sir and GOOD BYE!!

    Dam Thursday, 14 June 2018 07:35 AM

    Hello yes he will leave another will come. But the US Policy will remains the same. Not like SL. Policies are Policies. This is international politics and not like gallery style politics of SL

    Gayan Wednesday, 13 June 2018 09:21 PM

    In fact the US comment if true confirms that MRs nominee is going to win the next election. Even USA acknowladge it if the statement is true.

    Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 14 June 2018 04:55 AM

    Why not ask Atul Keshap to contest instead, of course after getting Sri Lanka citizenship while renouncing his US one.I bet he will do it if guaranteed wining.

    Yeti Thursday, 14 June 2018 08:02 AM

    We can guess accurately what was discussed during the Keshap - MR meeting; no doubt it was 'give Gota a chance'!!!

    US citizen Thursday, 14 June 2018 08:06 AM

    The issue of citizenship can come into the frame if and only if he is taken to court.

    Ranjit Thursday, 14 June 2018 08:17 AM

    US is trying to save one of their citizens from embarrassment in a SL election.

    will Thursday, 14 June 2018 09:02 AM

    Whom would have to govern this country is citizen of this country have to decide not up to Indian immigrant to USA to decide

    Jude Thursday, 14 June 2018 10:37 AM

    Yeah, Indians have no shame, for 12 years India the biggest democracy in the world was run by ITALIAN widow!!! And Manmohan Singh was just a puppet!!

    Jude Thursday, 14 June 2018 10:40 AM

    CIA recruits immigrants from all part of the world to carryout their agenda ( shitwork) aka foreign policy!!

    Joseph Thursday, 14 June 2018 10:49 AM

    What puzzles me is why GOTA is holding to his US citizenship if he loves SL ,as much it is projected to be

    MADUKRM22 Thursday, 14 June 2018 12:43 PM

    The issue with the citizenship remains entirely in the hands of the US Govt. It is up to them, whether to revoke or not.

    nirmal Thursday, 14 June 2018 04:36 PM

    we are showing as experts but cannot do anything correctly. Even Gota learned things from USA.Due to high corruption we are everyday down.

    Vasa Friday, 15 June 2018 09:28 AM

    Sri Lankan patriots love themselves first,renounce their citizenship of their motherland.jokers of a century.

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