Oct 17, Colombo: The Office of Sri Lanka's cabinet of ministers today announced that the president, as head of the cabinet of Ministers has drawn his attention to the news item published by the printed and Digital media today on matters discussed in the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers held at Presidential Secretariat yesterday (16th October) and the cabinet office completely deny facts stated in those news Items.
Issuing a media release signed by the cabinet secretary S. Abeysinghe, the cabinet said that the agenda of the said Cabinet meeting was not included any Cabinet Memorandum related to infrastructure development projects which are proposed to implement by Indian Government or Indian Companies in Sri Lanka.
Local media reports said that the President and the Prime Minister had a heated argument, at yesterday's Cabinet meeting, over the India's interest in developing the East Terminal of the Colombo after Ports and shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe tabled a Cabinet paper that dealt with port development.
The cabinet statement said that the President, describing the discussion held with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on bilateral issues relating to important regional and International affairs at the BIMSTEC Summit held at Nepal, emphasized the fact that long standing close relationship between India and Sri Lanka was further stabilized.
The Cabinet Secretary further said that the Cabinet Office requests all media to enquire the ministers who are performing as Cabinet spokesman to verify the facts before publishing or telecasting news items on matters relating to cabinet discussions.