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Sri Lanka denies entry visa to Swedish Foreign: Sweden expresses annoyance

Stockholm, 28 April, (Asiantribune.com): Sweden took Carl Bildt - a reputed Swedish leaderCarl Bildt - a reputed Swedish leaderexception to Sri Lanka’s alleged indifference over the denial of visa to its Foreign Minister to visit Sri Lanka.

It is learnt that in a bizarre circumstances, 'Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt has not been granted an entry visa to visit the country.' Therefore he has been forced to cancel his participation in the planned visit to the country with his British and French colleagues, a Swedish Foreign Ministry statement revealed.

Statement further revealed that Sweden is to recall its Chargé d'Affaires in Colombo for consultations today.

Earlier, Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was scheduled to visit this week along with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and French counterpart Bernard Kouchner. They got permission to enter but Bildt did not.

In the meantime yesterday, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said in a statement that he has extended an invitation to his Swedish counterpart to visit Sri Lanka in May this year at a mutually convenient time. But the statement did not elaborate the reason why he was not welcome along with the other two EU foreign ministers.

But Swedish Foreign Minister took exception to the Sri Lankan Minister's invitation and said, "I'm not persona non grata because they say I'm welcome at another time, but I'm not intending on taking up that invitation," Bildt said it to a news agency, adding that move by Colombo was "not good" for relations with Sweden.

- Asian Tribune -

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