Following RAW assassination plot reports, Sri Lankan President speaks to PM Modi


Earlier, Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry termed media reports quoting Sirisena on a plot by India's external agency to assassinate him as completely baseless and fabricated. He said that such reports were meant to create a rift between the two leaders and mar the cordial ties between the 2 countries.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) shakes hands with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena before their meeting in New Delhi on Friday. He also referred to his meeting with the Indian high commissioner in Colombo on Wednesday morning to discuss the matter.

The reason behind Sirisena's ire was due to the Sri Lankan government's apparent disinterest in investigating an assassination plot against him.

Reports in a section of the media had cited sources present at a cabinet meeting in Colombo on Tuesday as saying that the president had accused India's Research and Analysis Wing of plotting his assassination.

The alleged plot first emerged in late September after a police informant called Namal Kumara published a telephone recording between him and a senior police officer where he said there was a plan to kill Sirisena.

On Wednesday, government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the cabinet had approved a new proposal for 28,000 houses worth 35.8 billion rupees ($210 million) to be built by Indian firm ND Enterprises and two Sri Lankan firms in the north and east.

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According to the statement, Sirisena apprised Modi of the "urgent steps taken by him personally and the Sri Lankan government to publicly reject these reports". He stressed that he greatly valued the mutually beneficial ties between India and Sri Lanka, and remained steadfast to work with the Prime Minister for futher strengtheing them.

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 report claimed that the Sri Lankan Prime Minister had jumped to the defence of New Delhi during spat with Sirisena, noting that India was already carrying out most of the transshipment business at the Colombo port.

"The Ministry wishes to emphasize that relations between Sri Lanka and India including at the highest levels of government are strong, encompassing multiple spheres including intelligence sharing".

Sir Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs later denied the report issuing a statement that the President's remarks were taken out of context.

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