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Sri Lanka has rejected the U.S. decision to designate Admiral of the Fleet Wasantha Karannagoda and also expressed its ‘grave concern’ about the decision, the foreign ministry said.

Issuing a statement the ministry said that Foreign Minister Ali Sabry expressed Sri Lanka’s grave concerns associated with this decision to the U.S. Ambassador Julie Chung today.

 “As a longstanding bilateral partner of Sri Lanka, such unilateral action by the U.S. without following due process is counter-productive to the holistic approach that Sri Lanka has taken on addressing national unity and reconciliation, the ministry stated.

“It is also unfortunate that the announcement emanates against the backdrop of tangible progress made by the Government in strengthening the country’s democratic governance and reconciliation structures,” it said. 

However, the statement also said that despite these challenges, Sri Lanka will continue in its ongoing efforts to achieve reconciliation, economic recovery and socio-economic development.


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  • Reformist Thursday, 27 April 2023 12:44 PM

    Who will listen to Sri Lanka's "grave concerns"?. You can raise this as much as you like. Anyone who has lived outside SL very well knows no one gives a hoot about SL's concerns. SL is not even in the picture of countries of international importance. Not even close.

    joshua Thursday, 27 April 2023 01:14 PM

    Who cares what Ali Sabry says? May be that is his job….. to defend what happens in SL. USA has clearly said what most citizens in SL believe.

    Socrates Thursday, 27 April 2023 06:14 PM

    "holistic approach that Sri Lanka has taken on addressing national unity and reconciliation". Are you kidding me?

    Gb Thursday, 27 April 2023 11:35 PM

    Sri lanka does not reject the decision, only the corrupt politicians and their lackeys reject it, keep up the work international community, pls blacklist everyone who abuses their power especially stolen power o

    DJ pres Thursday, 27 April 2023 11:45 PM

    This man was unmasked as the organiser of white van activity. Vehicle was traced to Navy base and found. Why is SL gvt protecting him

    Cheers Friday, 28 April 2023 01:24 AM

    Welldone sri lanka has its own pride and we do not listen to a mongol person like undemocratic julie Chung

    Hello Hello Friday, 28 April 2023 02:27 AM

    Ali Sabry doesn't even know how to talk in the parliament and he expects the US government to listen to him. Reconciliation is a joke in Sri Lanka.

    Neel Friday, 28 April 2023 11:30 AM

    WWhatever Ali says not body cares whole world admitted that decision, only political agendas controlled entire Srilanka .As a Srilanka n we have respect the truth Un justice is every where,depression is the common with our citizens, whatever government says ,entire country in dangerous grave .

    Fad Moose Friday, 28 April 2023 04:01 AM

    Correct Ur concern Mr. Sabry, we all concern about US decision, so let's do it together as a Sri Lankan we all block or ban on imports of US made products, US aid, why not ambassador Madam Jule ha then name it. Common.

    Lumbini Friday, 28 April 2023 04:53 AM

    We can reject anything but the facts remain same.

    C.K.Lankaputhra Friday, 28 April 2023 06:41 AM

    Country which ignored killing of 11 innocent boys for ransom is defending the accused. What a Law.

    Lokka Friday, 28 April 2023 06:57 AM

    U.S. has an agenda and it will not change however much we try to convince that powerful nation. Her attitude was crystal clear when she was prepared to rescue Prabhakaran when the latter was cornered in in battle in 2009.

    Jude Friday, 28 April 2023 07:04 AM

    Democratic governance and reconciliation a load of crap!! Government talking about reconciliation but it's not happening, nothing tangible, yeah!!

    Jude Friday, 28 April 2023 07:18 AM

    Lankan leaders like RANIL, Gota and MR should be prosecuted at the Hague, International Criminal Courts, yeah!!

    Sokrates Friday, 28 April 2023 08:55 AM

    Dear Socrates. Would you please get another pseudonym, as it can easily be confused with my pseudonym. I don't want to be associated with your comments.

    Vive James Friday, 28 April 2023 09:03 AM

    Silly Lanka

    S.Sivarajah Friday, 28 April 2023 10:14 AM

    Good decision by US a spade is a spade and a joker is a joker. No compromises It's a waste of effort and time of all the readers to tell them otherwise. What did he do as a Naval Commander during the war was next to nothing it was Sinniah who drowned the LTTE arm supplies. This guy was not even aware where the trigger for the naval guns were. The Americans who trained the navy just did what they should do disowning this guy.

    Concerned Friday, 28 April 2023 12:15 PM

    Very good decision by US indeed. Hopefully all other criminals' names will come to light too and dealt with.

    Nilmini Welivita Friday, 28 April 2023 01:42 PM

    This is a horrific injustice. We should send our brave soldiers to invade USA to teach them a lesson.

    Martin Friday, 28 April 2023 01:58 PM

    Is Al Sabri objecting as a lawyer on behalf of his client or as a Foreign minister of the nation?

    Cherath Friday, 28 April 2023 02:04 PM

    Every average citizen of this planet knows Sri Lanka has lost its credibility in most fronts. Pilfering , theft of public funds and foreign loans and aid , gagging and disappearing forthright media personnel who dare speak out against are well known even in Timbaktu. You'll kill them laughing if you mention 'dignity'.

    Nilmini Welivita Friday, 28 April 2023 02:27 PM

    What a tragedy, Sri Lanka will never recover from the disastrous action by the US. The US should learn not to wake the sleeping giant.

    Anthony. R Friday, 28 April 2023 02:38 PM

    This is Repercussions, for past sins. Who care what Ali Sabry says. Facts are stubborn.

    Singam Friday, 28 April 2023 04:56 PM

    All appointments of Gota, including Al Sabri should be cancelled. Eastern and North and North Central governors are all Gota's appointments.

    Tit for tat by USA for Wimal's mad claims against USA officials Sunday, 30 April 2023 10:46 AM

    Since Wimal the madman MP made the crazy claims about USA official, USA must be annoyed if not outright angered. This happened so soon after the book of lies by Wimal came out. It seems this is USA showing they too can sling mud and cause harm to Sri Lankan officials like Karannagoda.


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