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- Diplomats were briefed by the President on the military operations conducted to clear the protestors from the Presidential Secretariat area, but the diplomats were requested to check with the authorities as well to clarify matters when making statements in the future

President Wickremesinghe in a light tone asked some of the diplomats if protestors could illegally occupy the President's Office in their respective countries

He informed them that the protestors had been informed to vacate the area by 6 am yesterday but the protestors had refused and instead provided an alternative time which was not accepted by the authorities 

By JAMILA HUSAIN

President Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday evening invited the Colombo based diplomats to the President's Office during which unofficial concerns were raised over their statements released over the operation carried out by the security forces to clear the Presidential Secretariat area.

 

The Daily Mirror learns that the diplomats were briefed by the President on the military operations conducted to clear the protestors from the Presidential Secretariat area, but the diplomats were requested to check with the authorities as well to clarify matters when making statements in the future.
 
During the meeting which was also attended by the IGP and Foreign Ministry officials, President Wickremesinghe in a light tone asked some of the diplomats if protestors could illegally occupy the President's Office in their respective countries. 
 
He requested them that if statements were to be released in the future, authorities were available to clarify any queries rather than seeing only what was available on social media. 
 
President Wickremesinghe had briefed the diplomats over the military operation and informed them that protestors continued to occupy the area despite a court order and they continued to occupy the Presidential Secretariat illegally.
 
He informed them that the protestors had been informed to vacate the area by 6 am yesterday but the protestors had refused and instead provided an alternative time which was not accepted by the authorities. 
 
President Wickremesinghe also requested the diplomats to check with the relevant officials when making statements, as statements based on social media reports alone could damage Sri Lanka's image globally, especially at a time when Sri Lanka needed assistance from friendly nations to recover from the economic crisis. 

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  • Andrew Silva Saturday, 23 July 2022 02:53 PM

    Our brave President instructs the Diplomats what to speak and how to speak.

    Massdeen Saturday, 23 July 2022 03:04 PM

    The image of the Country already lost beyond repair, but in a democratic country anything can be solved by creating a dialogue

    Don jaya Saturday, 23 July 2022 03:12 PM

    Great article by new President Best wishes to him and sri lanka

    Nimal Saturday, 23 July 2022 03:21 PM

    Are you comparing SL to other countries you pathetic human being.

    ayesh Saturday, 23 July 2022 03:40 PM

    Forget the diplomats… the freedom to peaceful protest has been thwarted. Deal with those who went above the frame work of law, but the sovereign freedom of people cannot be stopped by Mr Batalanda.

    DAMIAN Saturday, 23 July 2022 03:45 PM

    RW OR RR WHOEVER HE IS A BIG BULL SHITTER, HOPE THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY WILL SCREW HIM. FRIENDLY NATIONS SHOULD HELP THIS AUTOCRATIC GOVT. WHICH HASNT A MANDATE FROM THE PEOPLE

    Anthony. R Saturday, 23 July 2022 03:49 PM

    The damage is done already, your disgraceful actions can speak volumes of what you are ,and what sort of Administration you are going to have. Shame on you.

    Spartacus Saturday, 23 July 2022 03:52 PM

    No, nobody will occupy the President's Office in those countries because their is no need for that. The President

    vithura Saturday, 23 July 2022 03:54 PM

    Such disparaging statements will only draw the ire of Western countries at whose mercy SL is at looking for assistance from the IMF.

    Thusitha Silva Saturday, 23 July 2022 03:54 PM

    Ranil:.. Don't bite the hand that may feed you! The diplomats has the right to make any statement based on unbiased observations of the country that they serve.

    Tuff Saturday, 23 July 2022 03:58 PM

    President General Ranil Rajapaksa voiceing his opnion.

    Saj Kane Saturday, 23 July 2022 03:59 PM

    Yes but he forgets that he is beholden to these countries for our very survival.

    Mario Alles Saturday, 23 July 2022 04:08 PM

    Perfect!

    Antony Jude Saturday, 23 July 2022 04:12 PM

    Agreed with Ranil. We can't just accept any 3rd grade activities of the protestors. We should have avoided this situation if the protestors have vacated the place immediately after the court order.

    Dulip Saturday, 23 July 2022 04:26 PM

    The premises were occupied for reason.. you cannot ask the same question of them, Tone deaf as usual

    Anti dictator Saturday, 23 July 2022 04:29 PM

    An accidental president, who rejected by the people has become the president of the country. It is a joke. If a presidential election held tomorrow and if Ranil be one if the candidate the whole country know who will be successful. The answer is everyone except Ranil. You has given a position to fix the current economical situation in Sri Lanka and focus on the basic fundamental needs of the people, not to intimidate the nation’s asset, which is its people. You do not have to be a president to do this thing, but only dictators and power greed di these things. You should know the recent history waht happens to those dictators. Do don’t put yourself in that group. Forces please remember, your prime duty is protect the country and its people, not a president or a looser.

    Janapala Attanagoda Saturday, 23 July 2022 04:30 PM

    Of course, they are concerned with your appointment! You are not elected by the people, but the crooks!!

    TONI Saturday, 23 July 2022 04:58 PM

    RANIL STOP ACTING LIKE A HULK. YOU ARE JUST A PUPPET ACTING THRU GOTA CONTACTS, NOTHING MORE

    Joshua Saturday, 23 July 2022 04:59 PM

    Wade bary tarzan appointed by 134 greedy fellows

    Sarath Saturday, 23 July 2022 05:16 PM

    A rejected politician advising diplomats of democratic countries how they should behave . You are disgrace to Royal College. In those countries there is no need to occupy the parliament as they resign when found they are lacking ... please understand . For instance UK as an example.


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