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PM clarifies Sri Lanka stance on the Commonwealth decision on Pakistan

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Colombo, 27 November, ( Sri Lankan Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickremanayake clarifies the government’s stance on the Commonwealth Ministers Action Committee’s decision to suspend the membership of Pakistan.

Making a special statement in parliament on Tuesday, the Prime Minister said certain media institutions reported false stories regarding the issue. Sri Lanka’s stance was that Pakistan should be given time to reenter the democratic path.

Minister Rohitha Bogollagama made this stance clear at the CMAC. He stressed that no action should be taken against Pakistan. The Prime Minister said Minister Bogollagama expressed this opposition orally and a voting has not taken place.

Speaking at the debate, Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said a strong relation has been built up between India and Sri Lanka under the present government. Indian Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh accepted an invitation by the President to visit Sri Lanka next year when they met in Uganda recently.

The Foreign Minister also revealed that a consul general secretariat will be set up in China in next month to strengthen the Chinese Sri Lanka diplomatic relations.

- Asian Tribune -

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