Easter Attacks being used to destabilize economy, says GL; walks out when asked about Samurdhi

Easter Attacks being used to destabilize economy, says GL; walks out when asked about Samurdhi

Written by Amani Nilar

30 Aug, 2021 | 5:16 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st): External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris walked out of a press conference when inquired about the reduction in Samurdhi benefits.

Speaking at a media briefing held at the party headquarters today (30), the Foreign Affairs Minister said that an international group is using the Easter Sunday Attack to attack the country’s economy.

Prof. G.L. Peiris further stated that he has requested to meet with the Archibishop Malcom Cardinal Ranjith to make him aware of the decision the Government has taken with regard to the Easter Sunday Attack and certain parties attempting to use it for their benefit.

” The Catholic Church is seeking justice for these victims. But there is clear evidence that some groups are making efforts to use the action taken by the Catholic Church for completely different purposes. They are particularly active at the international level. They want to embarrass the Government, and wants to launch a massive attack on our economy.” He said.

” Now I want to make it clear that we will never allow that effort to succeed. We will take all necessary steps to present all relevant information on the attack, to the international community in a systematic manner.” The Minister added.

Additionally, Minister G.L. Peiris was seen abruptly leaving the venue after being questioned about the reduction of Samurdhi benefits.

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