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In the wake of Chinese Ambassador Yi Xiangliang'a critical remarks on Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake , Foreign Secretary Esala Weerakoon yesterday contacted the envoy over the phone and said the government of Sri Lanka was always prepared and open to discuss any issue of concern, it is learnt.

As a result, Mr. Weerakoon is reported to have said that there is no need for the Ambassador to discuss such matters through the media.

The Ambassador told a news conference last week that he asked the Finance Minister as to why fresh Chinese loans were sought if they were expensive.

It created a diplomatic furore between the two countries with the Minister responding to it. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Sharon Tuesday, 08 November 2016 05:00 PM

    Both appointments made by PM are proven wrong. AM and RK. Can anyone think that PM will develop the economy via DM iOS App

    RD Tuesday, 08 November 2016 09:11 AM

    Why we need loans from China when India and the US are fighting with each other to give us any amount we need at very low interest?

    lkboy Tuesday, 08 November 2016 09:24 AM

    if MR was in power the Chinese envoy will be ruling us by now.

    Ajja Tuesday, 08 November 2016 09:24 AM

    Ambassador is quite right...our donkeys made things mockery. after all we cannot dictate terms to neither China or India..who are we?

    Mike Tuesday, 08 November 2016 09:26 AM

    What he said was the truth? If he summoned that means GOSL is fully bankrupt with no options avails. Covering up will cost more to the country not to those individual politicians.

    Mevan Tuesday, 08 November 2016 09:26 AM

    Chinese would give more loans and ask for a piece of land.

    kaboos Tuesday, 08 November 2016 09:30 AM

    Chinese envoy should follow basic protocol. This incident could be good eye opener for future press conferences.

    gobbaya Tuesday, 08 November 2016 09:44 AM

    beggars have no choices....high time the minister and the local mandarins realised that... via DM Android App

    Neil Tuesday, 08 November 2016 09:57 AM

    RK lacks diplomatic skills, hence ended up making a mockery of everything!

    surasena Tuesday, 08 November 2016 10:02 AM

    This is our country, not a colony of China or any other "super power".

    Jude Tuesday, 08 November 2016 10:16 AM

    If SL wants to borrow from China and do business with them, then SL's Diplomacy should be on a different Level!!?? Not been arrogant and offending diplomats!!!??? I'll reiterate that, to do business with China!!! "One should know how to sing with Angels and to dance with the Devil"

    Pxx Tuesday, 08 November 2016 10:27 AM

    Whoever he is that need to maintain the common ethical standards following by foreign missions in any country.

    Harith Tuesday, 08 November 2016 10:51 AM

    If the Minister can discuss in public why should not the Ambassador respond to the public.

    Ajja Tuesday, 08 November 2016 11:01 AM

    The majority of the Sri Lankans know that our Economy is in a mess,it is in shambles.This Minister including the entire cabinet think their the greatest of all.be humble as we are still a dependent nation.

    Thomas Ranger Tuesday, 08 November 2016 11:20 AM

    Sure - its our Country, so what ? Stop making stupid 'sura' katha.

    namal Tuesday, 08 November 2016 11:29 AM

    This not a colony of China to discuss such manner

    p nonis Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:56 AM

    Its a good thing that the Chinese Ambassador showed the srilankan public about the disagreement going on between him and the Finance minister. Of course they had to be a very diplomatic respond as it is a issue of borrowing and the interest rates are very Important to srilanka. But there should not have been any disagreement for a 2% Loan unless the India

    Apoy Tuesday, 08 November 2016 01:12 PM

    What about the western officials giving instructions! That seems to be swallowable because they come from former masters.

    dcol Tuesday, 08 November 2016 01:12 PM

    FM should have followed courtesy not to insult

    Easterner Tuesday, 08 November 2016 01:13 PM

    Specially the west

    Henry Tuesday, 08 November 2016 01:48 PM

    Then why each regime go for begging?

    Lokka Wednesday, 09 November 2016 08:11 AM

    If this statement was made by a Western diplomat govt will be silent dumb founded. Be grateful to China for she is our true friend . All our people will be with China on this matter.


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