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President Sirisena alleges that RAW is plotting his assassination

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Deanna Wagner | 19 October, 2018, 05:39

Worth mentioning is that these reports came ahead of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's visit to New Delhi for talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speed up India-backed projects, including the East Terminal project, in the island nation. However, Presidential adviser Shiral Lakthilaka told the daily that the cancellation had nothing to do with President Sirisena's claims at the cabinet meeting.

Reports of the said plot emerged last month when an individual named Namal Kumara, part of an anti-corruption outfit, claimed he was aware of a plan to assassinate Sirisena and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

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. Media minister, Mangala Samaraweera said that this was a disinformation campaign and urged reporters to be more responsible.

He reportedly said "The Indian PM may not be aware". The Indian PM may not be aware of this as that is often the case. Sirisena's allegation, sources at the meeting said, came when he raised concerns over the government's "indifference" to an assassination plot targeting him.

At the meeting there was a vehement argument between Sirisena and Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremeshinghe over the development of the Colombo Port. Sirisena is said to have objected to any Indian involvement in the project.

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Read: Full text of Sri Lankan foreign ministry's statement According to the media reports, Sirisena said he was unhappy with the police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) inquiry into the plot and faulted the law and order minister for what he called the "very slow progress of the inquiry".

The Sri Lankan president's office also said that India's High Commissioner clarified all matters with Sirisena on Wednesday morning. He reiterated India's emphasis on the "neighbourhood first" policy and the priority attached by him and his government to developing stronger all-round cooperation.

"The President also stated that he regards the Prime Minister as a true friend of Sri Lanka, as also a close personal friend".

The two Prime Ministers are likely to review the status of the India-assisted housing projects in Sri Lanka's Jaffna during Mr Wickremesinghe's visit.