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In bid to avert a possible hearing on Sri Lanka at the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) meeting in April this year, External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris held meetings in Bangladesh, which currently holds the Chair of the CMAG.

If Sri Lanka is discussed or investigated at the CMAG, then its membership is likely to be brought into question, similar to the Maldives. This in turn brings the hosting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in November this year into question.

During the Minister’s discussions with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina, she had assured that she would attend the CHOGM in Sri Lanka this year. “She is looking forward to attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka in November this year. She wished the Summit all success, adding that her government would do everything in its power to ensure an entirely positive outcome”, the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

“Prof. Peiris briefed her comprehensively on the discussions which the government of Sri Lanka held with Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma, during his visit to Colombo this week. He explained to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh the plans being made by Sri Lanka to ensure that the themes and the emphasis of the discussions at the upcoming Summit would yield results which are immediately beneficial to all Member States of the Commonwealth, especially developing nations which comprise the overwhelming majority of the Commonwealth,” the statement said.

Recently the Minister flew to London to meet Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma  to “make a strong case against the inclusion of Sri Lanka in the Agenda for the CMAG”, the statement said. (Dianne Silva)

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  • neil john Friday, 15 February 2013 07:43 AM

    Match fixing! You lose it, we will support SL at CMAG. Not otherwise.

    mammale Marikkar Sunday, 17 February 2013 12:00 AM

    no worries Sri Lanka! 56Muslim Nations with u via DM Android App

    Political circus Saturday, 16 February 2013 03:47 AM

    Why do you waste peoples money for your ego trips to Bangladesh. There is a thing called a telephone Skype etc plus an S.L. High commission in Dhakha to do all the canvassing. You are an absolutely useless foreign Minister Your record speaks for itself.. We are not gullible fools

    Mahela Friday, 15 February 2013 12:36 PM

    You make us Sri Lankans look like spineless goats in front of the world while wasting all that money.

    Lucky Weeramantry Friday, 15 February 2013 10:38 AM

    GL Begging Is Not Your Job. Give It Over To Mervin Silva, He Is Better Suited For The Job.

    kali Friday, 15 February 2013 09:06 AM

    This is sad state of affairs for a regional SUPER POWER like Mighty Sri Lanka ( joke) relying on the support of one of the poorest nations on Earth. This is sheer desperation

    Partial Friday, 15 February 2013 08:36 AM

    Hello you said it the best. He is a well educated man and I used to love his speeches in the past, but today he has become a folly . Going around and pleading with countries to save SL.

    Saiko Friday, 15 February 2013 08:24 AM

    Do they remember we attacked their embassy?

    Ranish Friday, 15 February 2013 12:00 AM

    A question for those intellectuals reading this comment, what will happen if we loose Commenwealth membership? What are the repercussions/consequences that Sri Lanka will face? via DM Android App

    PRASANNAJIT Friday, 15 February 2013 05:23 AM

    Joker doing the rounds at the expense of the taxpayers.

    Kane Friday, 15 February 2013 06:52 AM

    He is a boot-licker.

    Silva de Mervin Friday, 15 February 2013 06:47 AM

    No way out!

    Situation was that of the LTTE at its final hours. It perished because the whole world stood against.

    Time for this poor old man to retire. He tried his best for his masters!

    Truth Friday, 15 February 2013 06:33 AM

    Please don't tell them about Halaal issue in Sri Lanka

    malkanthi Friday, 15 February 2013 06:28 AM

    If the Bangladesh muslims also act like the Indians, what will be our position??

    raa one Friday, 15 February 2013 12:00 AM

    Mr.GL you can use the influence of BB Sena. via DM Android App

    Terrance Friday, 15 February 2013 05:59 AM

    If you have not committee crime why are u panicking and bribing other leader to support GOSL?

    hello Friday, 15 February 2013 06:00 AM

    Poor man, wducated but without any concience trying hard to wash the Govt's dirty laundry.

    Dr. Wicks Friday, 15 February 2013 05:50 AM

    Not only that, the way they roar like lions and at home and outside kiss everyones feet. What a disgraceful regime cant put a single thing right. Mara and his clan should go forever right now.


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