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* Sri Lanka tenders apology to Indian PM and Tamil Nadu CM for article on Defense Ministry website
Fri, Aug 1, 2014, 06:40 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka today tendered an "Unqualified Apology" to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalithaa over a derogatory op-ed article posted on the Defence Ministry website.

The Ministry of Defence and Urban Development said the article had been published without appropriate authorization and it is not reflecting any official position of the Government of Sri Lanka or the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development.

"We extend an unqualified apology to the Hon Prime Minister of India and Hon Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu," the Defence Ministry said in a a statement posted on its website.

The article, titled 'How meaningful are Jayalalitha's love letters to Narendra Modi?' and written by Shenali Waduge and published along with a graphical portrayal of Prime Minister Modi and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, has since been removed.

The op-ed piece has triggered a furor in India within hours after its publication and Tamil political parties in India have even urged the Indian government to severe diplomatic relations with Sri Lanka.

The Chief Minister in a letter to the Prime Minister Modi asked to immediately direct the Ministry of External Affairs to summon the Sri Lankan High Commissioner and express India's displeasure over the article and seek an unconditional apology from the Government of Sri Lanka.

Full text of Sri Lanka Defense Ministry's apology:

An article titled 'How meaningful are Jayalalitha's love letters to Narendra Modi?' had appeared on our website along with a graphical portrayal of Hon. Prime Minister of India and Hon Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

The article which had been published without appropriate authorization and not reflecting any official position of the Government of Sri Lanka or Ministry of Defence and Urban Development has since been removed.

We extend an unqualified apology to the Hon Prime Minister of India and Hon Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

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