Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday amid reports quoting him telling his Cabinet that Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) was plotting his assassination.
In his telephonic conversation with PM Modi, Sirisena categorically rejected the media reports about him alluding to involvement of India in any manner whatsoever in an alleged plot to assassinate him and the former Defence Secretary of Sri Lanka.
According to ANI, the Sri Lankan President apprised PM Modi of the urgent steps taken by him personally and the Government of Sri Lanka to publicly reject these reports.
“In this context, he also recalled his meeting with the High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka today morning,” stated a tweet posted by ANI.
Sirisena also reiterated that PM Modi is a true friend of Sri Lanka and a close personal friend.
He stressed that he greatly valued the mutually beneficial ties between India and Sri Lanka, and remained steadfast to work with the PM for further strengthening them.
“This evening, I had a very successful telephone conversation with the Indian Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi, who assured India’s fullest cooperation towards the development and prosperity of Sri Lanka,” Sirisena said in a tweet.
In response, PM Modi praised his government’s prompt response quashing the malicious reports. The PM also reiterated India’s emphasis on ‘neighbourhood first’ policy and the priority his government and he himself attached to develop stronger all-round cooperation between India and Sri Lanka.
Certain sections in the media had attributed Sirisena telling his Cabinet of the threat from India’s external intelligence agency.
But senior presidential advisor Shiral Lakthilaka denied the report, calling it false.
Sir Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs later denied the report issuing a statement that the President’s remarks were taken out of context.
“Attention of Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been drawn to media reports attributed to President Sirisena alleging involvement of an Indian Intelligence Service in a plot to assassinate him. We clarify that the reports are baseless and false,” Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombo said.
According to Times Now, the Ministry said in its statement that nature of this subject had been distorted thereby creating unfounded fear among the public.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is scheduled to visit to New Delhi to meet his counterpart PM Narendra Modi to discuss bilateral matters.