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Iran granted Uma Oya project due to huge recognition for MR: Hakeem

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By Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera

Parliament, May 14 (Daily Mirror)- Claiming that the Uma Oya multipurpose development project was granted to Sri Lanka by the Iranian government because of the huge recognition for former president Mahinda Rajapaksa those days, Parliamentarian Rauf Hakeem said today the current government is looking to take the credit for it.

He told Parliament that the Iranian President came to Sri Lanka on the invitation of the Foreign Minister.

“The Uma Oya project was initiated during former President Mahinda Rajapaksa government. He enjoyed huge recognition by the Iranian government those days. That is why the project was granted to Sri Lanka. You are trying to score now,” he said.

The MP said State Minister of Foreign Affairs Tharaka Balasuriya was bragging recently during a debate in Parliament about the achievement of the President claiming that Sri Lanka got the Iranian President to visit here and Sri Lanka was able to send a naval force to the Red Sea.

“The State Minister of Foreign Affairs was bragging about the achievement of the President two days ago during the parliamentary debate. He was saying Sri Lanka has balanced the Israelis and the Palestinians. We got the Iranian President to come here and we also sent our naval force to the Red Sea. What a shame! You claimed the other day that this is one of the biggest achievements in our foreign policy. What is your President doing? He is rocking the cradle and pinching the baby. We have become virtual slaves to the US,” Hakeem said.

State Minister of Foreign Affairs Tharaka Balasuriya said he regrets the attitude of MP Hakeem and that Hakeem was extremely jealous of the foreign policy that Sri Lanka has taken and links that all the countries maintain with the President.


  Comments - 15

  • Gabriella Tuesday, 14 May 2024 04:28 PM

    It was more appropriately: a Pariah state ( Iran) buying friends, and it didn’t matter what ( PARAYA) state they dealt with.

    Jeewaratnehulla Thursday, 16 May 2024 11:01 AM

    When they challenge you and your allies and a hondrance to your bullying, it becomes a pariah state for you folks eh?? Hillarious indeed!

    Pushkara Epa Tuesday, 14 May 2024 04:36 PM

    How many millions Iran donated ? 50?

    saman Tuesday, 14 May 2024 04:39 PM

    Only thing the Rajapakse's were known for is 10%

    Eranga Tuesday, 14 May 2024 04:44 PM

    Good that you have the courage to said the truth. Hat off!

    Marie Tuesday, 14 May 2024 04:53 PM

    Jumping time has come !

    Naattaa Tuesday, 14 May 2024 05:15 PM

    Then we would say, thank you Iran, Uma Oya is not in private land of MR or his siblings, therefore, the people of Sri Lanka welcome your gesture!

    Chryshan Tuesday, 14 May 2024 05:15 PM

    Yeh he has huge recognition as a top level Rogue. Rogues Supporter him too

    Abdul Majeed Mohammed Zacky Tuesday, 14 May 2024 06:44 PM

    Sir, as a senior politician it is not good for you to look into whether the credit should go to MR or RW. But the simple logic is that credit or discredit should for the incumbent govt.

    George Tuesday, 14 May 2024 07:21 PM

    Doesn't the credit go to MR and family for bankrupting the country? Why didn't you raise that too in the parliament?

    Spartacus Tuesday, 14 May 2024 08:58 PM

    I thought bankrupt Politicians like this fellow and Fowzie were buried and gone.

    Dam Engineer Wednesday, 15 May 2024 02:28 AM

    I sincerely hope this project does not go ahead with half-baked studies and the design based on these poor information. For god-sake please ensure that independent world recognised consulting engineers do wet these studies and give their blessings! A half-baked study will certainly create a monster that the future generations to come will be left to regret.

    Bernard Jayatilake Wednesday, 15 May 2024 08:08 AM

    Can this statement be construed as a prelude to a somersault?

    Bernard Jayatilake Wednesday, 15 May 2024 08:08 AM

    Can this statement be construed as a prelude to a somersault?

    Citizen Wednesday, 15 May 2024 08:31 AM

    This is MR Government. Families only a puppet.


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