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* Report of President accusing India of assassination plot is a deliberate attempt - Minister Samarasinghe
Thu, Oct 18, 2018, 10:07 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Port and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said the reports of President Maithripala Sirisena alleging India's involvement in the alleged assassination plot is a deliberate attempt to create friction between the two countries.

Speaking at a media briefing held at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Headquarters today, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said, the President did not make any reference to any 'alleged conspiracy' by Indian Intelligence services to assassinate him.

He said the cabinet ministers, who provided this false information to the journalist of The Hindu and misled the media must be exposed.

Leading Indian newspaper The Hindu reported that Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has accused the Indian intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) of plotting his assassination.

The Minister elaborated that false information have been provided to the media to create a misunderstanding between Colombo and New Delhi and also to harm the centuries old cultural, trade, religious and social links between India and Sri Lanka.

He said a comprehensive inquiry is necessary to find the origin of this fabrication and purpose behind it.

The Hindu said its correspondent in Sri Lanka Meera Sirinivasan spoke to two Cabinet ministers and got indirect confirmations from two others before filing the report 'Sri Lankan President alleges that RAW is plotting his assassination' (Oct 17, 2018).

Meanwhile, Presidential adviser Sarath Kongahage at a media briefing held in Colombo today told reporters that the Criminal Investigation Department is conducting an impartial investigation into these reports. He said precautionary measures have been taken to tighten security of the President.


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