Foreign Ministry says reports about alleged plot to assassinate President, baseless

Oct 17, 2018 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday afternoon said that the media reports on an alleged involvement of an Indian Intelligence Service in a plot to assassinate President are baseless and false.

Releasing a statement, the ministry said it is disappointing that matters of this nature have become the subject of distorted and erroneous media reports taking the President’s remarks out of context, which has given rise to further speculation.

The full statement is reproduced below.

Media Reports on alleged involvement of an Indian Intelligence Service in a plot to assassinate Sri Lanka’s President

The attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been drawn to media reports attributed to President Maithripala Sirisena alleging the involvement of an Indian Intelligence Service in a plot to assassinate him.

The Ministry wishes to clarify that the media reports in this connection are baseless and false.

The Ministry wishes to emphasize that relations between Sri Lanka and India including at the highest levels of government are strong, encompassing multiple spheres including intelligence sharing. It is disappointing therefore that matters of this nature have become the subject of distorted and erroneous media reports taking the President’s remarks out of context, which has given rise to further media and social media speculation and the spread of unfounded fear among the public.

In continuation of the close and regular interaction between Sri Lanka and India at all levels including at the highest levels of government, President Sirisena had discussions this morning as well at a meeting with the High Commissioner of India in Colombo.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Colombo

17 October 2018