External Affairs Ministry says no statement issued on President Rajapaksa’s meeting with John Kerry

External Affairs Ministry says no statement issued on President Rajapaksa’s meeting with John Kerry

External Affairs Ministry says no statement issued on President Rajapaksa’s meeting with John Kerry

Written by Bella Dalima

06 Oct, 2014 | 7:54 pm

The Ministry of External Affairs notes that the Government of Sri Lanka did not issue a press statement or comment on the meeting which took place between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the US Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of the UNGA.

Issuing a media release, the Ministry of External Affairs stated that comments made during the US State Department’s daily press briefing on October 2, with regard to a report from a Sri Lanka newspaper stating that the “US stance on Sri Lanka has softened”  have been noted.

The Ministry notes that any reference in the media to the contents of this discussion are of a speculative nature and does not in any way reflect the view of the Government of Sri Lanka.

The release further notes that reference to this meeting has been published in the schedule of State Secretary Kerry, which is in the public domain.

The media release by the Ministry of External Affairs also notes that the Government of Sri Lanka appreciates this
meeting having taken place, as a dialogue has now begun at high level, which befits the importance attached to the bilateral relationship and for its further strengthening.

The release was issued by the Ministry of External Affairs in reaction to a statement issued by US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki , that the US position on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka has in no way softened in the aftermath of the meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry and President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

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