Sri Lanka reverses $300m China housing deal as PM visits India

Maithripala Sirisena

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena made a telephone call to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, specifically to reject a report about an Indian security agency's purported involvement in an alleged plot to assassinate him.

The Sri Lankan foreign ministry also issued an official statement rejecting the media reports as "baseless and false". After his election defeat in 2015, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa held the RAW among those responsible for the change in regime. Sirisena's allegation, sources at the meeting said, came when he raised concerns over the government's "indifference" to an assassination plot targeting him.

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. The CID interrogated him.

"Any Cabinet paper relating to the infrastructure development projects planned to be implemented in Sri Lanka by the Indian government or Indian companies were not included in the agenda of that Cabinet meeting", said Abeysinghe's statement.

At the Cabinet meeting, Sirisena also hinted that Indian national must be "be a RAW agent" who was sent to kill him.

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"He (Modi) also reiterated India's emphasis on "Neighbourhood First" policy and the priority the government of India and he personally attach to developing even stronger all-round cooperation between the two countries", it stated. The Indian PM may not be aware of this as that is often the case. This was reported in the local media widely.

In response, PM Modi praised his government's prompt response quashing the malicious reports.

Reports in a section of the media had cited sources present at a cabinet meeting in Colombo on Tuesday as saying that the president had accused India's Research and Analysis Wing of plotting his assassination. The President has assured that Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi was unaware of these moves. In this context, he also recalled his meeting with the High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka today morning, according to a PTI report.

When contacted, Presidential adviser Shiral Lakthilaka told The Hindu: "We cancelled it because we are awaiting more information".

He is said to have said this at the weekly Cabinet meeting.

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