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By Easwaran Rutnam

Dubai, Dec.4 (Daily Mirror) - Cricketing legend Mahela Jayawardena denied claims he is part of the Sri Lanka Government delegation at COP 28 in Dubai.

Jayawardena was captured seated at the launch of the Climate Justice Forum (CJF) at COP28, in Dubai, UAE on Saturday. The event was launched by President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

When contacted by Daily Mirror, an official at the President’s Office said that Jayawardena was part of the President’s delegation but was funded separately.

However, Jayawardena clarified saying he was not part of the President’s delegation.

The former cricketer told Daily Mirror he did attend an event hosted by the Sri Lanka delegation at COP 28 but he was not part of the Sri Lanka delegation.

Jayawardena said he is a UN Ambassador for sustainability.

“I support the Justice Forum which the Sri Lanka Government is lobbying and will submit the resolution for the vote,” he added.

Former Maldives President Mohammed Nasheed, the Minister of Health of Uganda, Dr. Aceng Jane Ruth and the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Inger Anderson also attended the event.

Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekara, Members of Parliament, including Samagi Jana Balawegaya MPs Champika Ranawaka, and Ajith Mannapperuma, MP Madhura Vithanage, Senior Advisor to the President on Climate Change, Ruwan Wijewardena, Advisor to the President on the Environment Dr. Ananda Mallawatantri, Advisor to the Treasury Deshal de Mel, Director of International Affairs Dinouk Colombage and Private Secretary to the President Sandra Perera also attended the event.


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  • cook Monday, 04 December 2023 07:08 AM

    MJ has learnt the artwork of SL politics by now.... U need to bumpsuck to earn the usd 20 thousand ya also to run the crab shop.

    DJ Monday, 04 December 2023 07:12 AM

    Anything for free from the taxpayers. Mahela , you are now one of them too. Corrupt.

    sachith Monday, 04 December 2023 07:17 AM

    This guy's behavior is becoming more like a politician.. No wonder if he says we will win CWC in 2048. Businessmen destroyed the country after becoming politicians, now he has started the same for cricket.

    mp Monday, 04 December 2023 07:38 AM

    May be a butterfly.

    ROSH Monday, 04 December 2023 08:09 AM

    They all spending time together to master debate unelected president. Sorry state of the bankrupt nation

    cloy Monday, 04 December 2023 08:10 AM

    Mahela is a businessman we all know. What about Mr rhetoric, PC Ranavake? What does he doing with the president?

    Gamini Monday, 04 December 2023 08:33 AM

    Looks like this particular forum has Sri Lankans only. The room is small and most are from here. Perhaps a Sri Lankan spoke and no one from other countries was interested.

    Mk Monday, 04 December 2023 08:48 AM

    Chammika calculating the profit of this trip and also gold price!!!

    Dr. Amila Kankanamge Monday, 04 December 2023 08:52 AM

    Mahela maybe doing to Ranil what Shalani Tharaka did to uncle Jayantha Dharmadasa.

    ERAN Wicks Monday, 04 December 2023 08:53 AM

    Getting ready to contest the next election and become minister of crap.

    Avery Markham Monday, 04 December 2023 08:54 AM

    What a waste of taxpayer money. These bottom feeders are bankrupting the economy further.

    Mohamed Adham Monday, 04 December 2023 09:07 AM

    Health destroyer Keheliya's presence next to Ranil is a major catastrophe......................................

    Amaran Monday, 04 December 2023 09:11 AM

    RW, please increase the VAT to 25% and ENJOY. Don't worry about the people on Sri Lanka. Let them suffer because they did not VOTE for you last time.

    Nimal Monday, 04 December 2023 09:29 AM

    Who cares? Birds of a feather flock together!

    Tissa Fernando Monday, 04 December 2023 09:46 AM

    They are all in Dubai for enjoying desert safari and belly dancing.

    Charles Jansz Monday, 04 December 2023 09:49 AM

    Our tax money at work ! Empty talk on Climate justice when governance justice is hard to find !

    Jude Monday, 04 December 2023 09:59 AM

    Oh watta joke!!

    kuhanesan Monday, 04 December 2023 10:19 AM

    May be getting ready for next GE

    F. M. Lafir Monday, 04 December 2023 10:25 AM

    Well be informed he will be the next SLC president so bumm sucking and training on progress.

    Roger Monday, 04 December 2023 10:26 AM

    This guy Mahela is always overseas, either for IPL, global tournaments, consulting, some other cricket stuff - flying business class. I'm sure he does not pay for any of those as someone else does the paying. He must have saved so much money. Hey, one heck of a life if you are lucky.

    Waco Monday, 04 December 2023 11:12 AM

    Ruwan Wijewardana is wasting Tax payer’s money.Can this Pin- President do whatever he wants?

    Ex - Fan Monday, 04 December 2023 01:04 PM

    Mahela, it is sad to see you going down this path. You are a cricket maestro but what do you know about Climate Change? COP28 under the presidency of the head of a National Oil Company (ADNOC) is a mockery. Participating in it just for a business opportunity turns it into a tragedy.

    markharry Monday, 04 December 2023 01:11 PM

    The man behind the Mahela saga is notorious Nathan Sivagananathan, man who had defrauded millions of money from innocent investors form north . both of them are trying to do an impractical solar project Forge energy with no such experience or technical know how either no financial capacity, meantime they violating CEB rules

    Clowns paradise Monday, 04 December 2023 01:45 PM

    The government is one clown short of a circus.

    Inoka W Monday, 04 December 2023 01:51 PM

    What is the business MJ doing with rogue Nathan ? Should the GoSL allow cricketing fame to dilute the tender procedures?

    markharry Monday, 04 December 2023 01:55 PM

    The man behind the Mahela saga is notorious Nathan Sivagananathan, man who had defrauded millions of money from innocent investors form north . both of them are trying to do an impractical solar project Forge energy with no such experience or technical know how either no financial capacity, meantime they violating CEB rules

    Ram Monday, 04 December 2023 02:06 PM

    Ranil must be thinking that Mahela can bring in some votes if he contests and taking his is the bait. Mahela lost his reputation/glamour with the world cup tour to India

    gipsigaga Monday, 04 December 2023 02:20 PM

    Mahela didn’t even pass his O/L’s but has already become an economist with specialty in Renewable Energy thanks to his con artist guru Nathan Sivagnanathan

    Gipshigaga Monday, 04 December 2023 02:31 PM

    Mahela is used to sit in the dug out , since he doesn’t have a formal education how come he represents the country in high profile meetings, does he know solar power is generated from Sun

    Observer Monday, 04 December 2023 06:20 PM

    To learn that he is there.Further to that MJ is not any more carrying the flag as a Mr Clean cricketer. Very pathetic to see such a great person involving in Sri Lanka Bloody- money politics. His end is also nearing.

    Tax Payer Monday, 04 December 2023 04:15 PM

    Couldn't Ranil have gone with just a few important Officials? We see a lot of Jokers who perhaps been given just joy rides or were they all needed to carry the baggage. Whatever the reasons are, is this not a criminal waste of the scarce foreign exchange to be just drained off? There is big noise made about increasing earnings of Foreign Exchange from Tourism, from the house maids sent to the ME etc but are all these efforts to be wasted on some jokers to have fun abroad?

    Sambo Monday, 04 December 2023 08:10 PM

    They are all clapping in favor of RW rule to take revenge from the public of Sri Lanka but they enjoy all benefits in life. Every one know Mahela and Sanga are another selfish pair who are responsible for the ruin of cricket.

    Revamp The Governing Team Monday, 04 December 2023 09:06 PM

    Just returned after holidaying in SL. Prices for the average person has gone up tremendously

    Lali Tuesday, 05 December 2023 02:06 PM

    God save sir lanka.... God save slc from mj


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